Peppertree 2017 Coquun Shiraz
The vineyard is in the Mount View area in the sheltered foothills of the Brokenback Range. The Mount View area contains 3 small protected subvalleys with highly favourable soils influenced by the large proportion of limestones in the underlying rocks. Terra Rossa clays over crumbly limestone and free draining red and brown clay loams cover hill slopes and are planted to red varieties. This wine is made from the best parcels we made in 2017.
Picked at optimal ripeness and de-stemmed to static fermenters, the fruit is cold soaked for 3 days. The tank is then inoculated with a specific yeast strain and ferments at 25 - 30 degrees Celsius. Once dry, the wine is pressed off skins and transferred to French oak puncheons for 18 months. The wine is then blended and prepared for bottling.
Coquun is the result of blending the best barrels of Hunter Valley Shiraz, a wine that exemplifies what the region is capable of. Unashamedly medium bodied, offering vibrancy of fruit with complex spice. Balanced by fine tannins and subtle oak handling. A wine of great length and longevity.
96 Points Huon Hooke | 95 Points James Halliday