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Nepenthe Gate Block Shiraz 2012 (6 x 750mL) Adelaide Hills, SA

Description:

Vintage

Vintage 2012 experienced average rainfall throughout the growing period and a slightly cooler than average flowering period resulting in lower bunch number and in turn, lower crop levels. Conditions during the ripening period were ideal with mild day time temperatures and cold nights frequently below 10oC, all conducive to excellent flavour development and the retention of natural acidity in the fruit. Harvest commenced in early February and lower than average crop levels led to fruit ripening quickly and another condensed vintage. The combination of low crop levels and mild conditions during the ripening period has resulted in some of the best quality fruit for a number of years.Murray Leake -ViticulturistMurray Leake–Viticulturist

Winemaking

The fruit was hand picked during the cool of the morning and then crushed and destemmed. Fermentation occurred in open vats, between 22 –25 degrees for approximately 7 days. Post fermentation the wine was pressed into a balance of new and old French oak hogsheads. The wine was matured in oak for between 12 –14 months prior to blending and bottling.Alex Trescowthick –Winemaker

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Nepenthe Gate Block Shiraz 2012 (6 x 750mL) Adelaide Hills, SA

Lot No: 0018-10701837
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29 Sep 21 8.55 PM AEST

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Vintage

Vintage 2012 experienced average rainfall throughout the growing period and a slightly cooler than average flowering period resulting in lower bunch number and in turn, lower crop levels. Conditions during the ripening period were ideal with mild day time temperatures and cold nights frequently below 10oC, all conducive to excellent flavour development and the retention of natural acidity in the fruit. Harvest commenced in early February and lower than average crop levels led to fruit ripening quickly and another condensed vintage. The combination of low crop levels and mild conditions during the ripening period has resulted in some of the best quality fruit for a number of years.Murray Leake -ViticulturistMurray Leake–Viticulturist

Winemaking

The fruit was hand picked during the cool of the morning and then crushed and destemmed. Fermentation occurred in open vats, between 22 –25 degrees for approximately 7 days. Post fermentation the wine was pressed into a balance of new and old French oak hogsheads. The wine was matured in oak for between 12 –14 months prior to blending and bottling.Alex Trescowthick –Winemaker

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Silver & 92 Pts - Halliday Rating.

A brightly coloured and immediately attractive cool climate shiraz, with contrasting red cherry and spicy/peppery aromas and flavours; no more than medium-bodied, its fine-grained tannins are a particular feature. Drink now, or over 5+ years. Good value. - 29 September 2014.

90 Points - Jeremy Oliver

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Bright deep crimson

Bouquet

Fresh red berrieswith hints of pepper and spice and oakcharacters from12+ months aging in French oak.Palate:Ripe berry fruit flavours of black currant and blueberry are supported by firm tanninsand a long, lingering finish.

Serving suggestion

Enjoy with red meats such as veal, beef and kangaroo. Also enjoy with a lamb casserole, rich tomato based pasta dishes or a mature cheddar.

Medals & Trophies

Silver

IWSC

Bronze

Decanter WA

Winery Profile

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In 1994, the Tweddell family purchased a premium property in the sub-region of Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills.  The property was carefully selected and planted to 24 hectares of vines with the intent of producing premium wine.  Proven varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were planted, as well as interesting varieties such as Zinfandel and Pinot Gris.  In 1996, Nepenthe received approval to build its winery, only the second in the Adelaide hills at the time (the first being Petaluma in 1978).

In the backdrop of the cool heights of the Adelaide Hills, we started producing some soul reposing potions of our own: uncompromising wines of outstanding quality and internationally recognised distinction. Wines that, strangely enough, have been impressing both critics and consumers with their varietal faithfulness and subtle Adelaide Hills nuances.

From the beginning, our wines have received positive review from the press and numerous medals on the show circuit.In the first few vintages, Nepenthe wines featured in James Halliday’s Top 100, The UK Times Top 100, The Advertiser Top 100, The International Wine Challenge as well as many other feature media articles.

The success of the wines is evident in the market place.  Currently,  Nepenthe sell nationally and our wines are exported to the United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, Denmark and Croatia. In all these markets the press and public have warmly received Nepenthe wines.

Due to this demand, in 1997 Nepenthe acquired a property in Charleston within the Adelaide Hills and has planted a further 43 hectares of vineyard. Then in 2002 a 25 hectare vineyard was acquired in Balhannah (where our cellar door is located), and in 2005 Nepenthe acquired its latest vineyard, 38 hectares in Hahndorf, with room for further expansion.

Nepenthe also sources fruit from a variety of vineyards throughout the hills. Most fruit Nepenthe receives is managed by Nepenthe Viticulture, part of the Nepenthe Group. This company ensures that Nepenthe only receives the highest quality fruit, ensuring strict control of the grapes that make our award winning wines.

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Other Information

  • 2012 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL units
  • SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 14% alc.
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