The fruit for this wine is sourced from Carmine and Marina Pepicelli’s vineyard near Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. At 480 metres above sea level, this is one of the highest Shiraz vineyards in the region. It is located on a gentle north facing slope giving an ideal aspect with maximum sunlight exposure.
Tim Knappstein ferments in two separate batches to achieve complexity in the wine. The first batch sees 50% whole bunches while the second is fermented using whole berries. The product is two wines of differing styles. One showing an attractive carbonic confectionary note with a tannic structure derived in part from ripe stems. The other is round and soft and textural. Each wine is raised separately in 35% new French oak barriques. The final blend is a result of strict barrel selection.
Adelaide Hills and shiraz are having a public love affair, exemplified by this brightly flavoured pepper and spice cherry fruits, on a very complex palate that's just within medium-bodied bounds. Its 50% whole-bunch fermentation adds fine, savoury tannins to the long finish.
95 points and Top 100 2020, Wine Companion (November 2020)
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.