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Wednesday 8 July 2020

Your eyes do not deceive you: a new Pepperjack release is from Argentina

Pepperjack Wines may have a Barossa heritage but one of the brand's new releases has a serious points of difference: it was made using fruit from Argentina. 

Winemaker Richard Mattner travelled to Mendoza to source the grapes for the 2018 Pepperjack Malbec. 

“Argentinian malbec is different to Australian malbec in that it has a depth of rich dark fruit, but still displays fresh aromatics of spice and violets and a bold tannin profile," Mattner said.

The Pepperjack philosophy is to create wines that are synonymous with the regions that they are from. Therefore, as we expand beyond shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, there was a need to expand our sourcing from beyond the Barossa.” 

The new releases also include a 2019 sangiovese using fruit from the Barossa and Padathaway and a 2019 chardonnay that is a blend of Adelaide Hills and Padthaway fruit. 

“With chardonnay seeing a real revival recently, we felt it was a good time to once again try our hand at making some white wines, beginning with a chardonnay," said Mattner. 

"This is a really exciting time for Pepperjack as we evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers and occasions – especially the demand for lighter-bodied, more refreshing varietals as we head into the warmer months.” 

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