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How to Select the Right Wine from the Award Winning Hunter Valley Wine Region


SYDNEY, Australia, September 2012 – As the Hunter Valley wine region grows in popularity for its boutique cellar doors and tasty drop of wine, Australian wine enthusiasts are finding it more and more difficult to select the right wine from such a robust region. With no shortage of wineries to choose from – good and poor – Aussies are turning to the experts to help them decide. And Australian wine connoisseurs are clamoring for multi-regional winery Pepper Tree Wines if the number of awards it’s received is anything to go by.
Pepper Tree Wines has received the James Halliday 5-Star Ratings Award four years in a row in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The organisation, which has been hand-crafting wines for 21 years, also received the 2011 Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year award in recognition of its much-loved boutique cellar door. Owner and Managing Director John Davis, a former oil geologist who carefully selected the geographical location of the wineries based on the best areas for taste and quality, is very proud of the R&R Fredericks Burg Trophy for Best Merlot in the World the Hunter Valley winery won at the 1999 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London.
Chief winemaker at Pepper Tree Wines, Jim Chatto, has also received several accolades for his timeless wine crafting skills. Jim received the Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year Award in 2009 and the Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year Award in 2010, marking Jim as one of the best in his field. Jim’s increasingly well-known ability as a Hunter Valley wine maker and his award-winning credentials also created the opportunity for him to sit as Chairman of Judges at the 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show.
Jim describes Pepper Tree Wines’ Strandlines Cabernet Chiraz, Gold winner in the 2009 New Zealand International Wine Show (Class 19), as, “An intensely concentrated note of dark berry fruits, chocolate and spicy oak complexity. A serious full bodied blend of Cabernet and Shiraz, displaying ripe Cabernet flavours of cassis and blackberry integrated well with exotic spice and sweet mid palate fruit of Shiraz. This wine shows great depth, structure and texture providing an intense long finish and guaranteed longevity.” This wine belongs to the Grand Reserve Range of Pepper Tree Wines, which means that the conditions in producing the wine meet the absolute optimum.

And all wine lovers know that a good wine starts in the vineyard. The wide ranging tastes of Pepper Tree Wines come, not only from Hunter Valley, but also from vineyards in Orange, Wrattonbully and Coonawarra catering to the different fruity preferences of wine lovers. Pepper Tree also takes Shiraz grapes from the very old vines of the Tallawanta vineyard planted in 1920’s and Sémillon from Ken Bray’s outstanding Braemore vineyard.
To see what all the fuss is about visit and order a bottle of wine from this Hunter Valley boutique winery today.


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