Pepper Tree Coquun Shiraz 2010 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
14.5%, Screwcap, $55
This sits amidst Pepper Tree’s Reserve range and is sourced from the rich red dirt of the Tallawanta vineyard, a famous 90 year old vineyard on Broke rd near Harrigans.
Tallawanta is actually controlled by Pepper Tree these days, leased from the Roche family who own the whole stretch of property from the Mercure right through to Harrigans pub. The Roche’s also built and own the impressive ‘Hunter Valley Gardens’ which are worth a wander if you’re looking for some quiet time after a big day of tasting.
This is a picture perfect, lavishly oaked, generous and modern Hunter Shiraz too, a wine that is about as far from the old ‘sweaty saddles’ Hunter style as you could get, which saddens me a little.
Still, this is a pretty easily enjoyed wine, all squished red berry fruit and chocolate oak in a luscious and pulpy form. Luxuriously textured, the palate looks quite oak driven but ultimately fleshy too and milk chocolate rich, everything coupled off with soft tannins, plenty of (adjusted) acidity and then slightly obtrusive alcohol warmth.
A skillfully made, lavish modern red, this is unquestionably silken and generous. It’s a little too warm perhaps, but will woo anyone who likes young Shiraz with power and round edges. My question remains – is it just too polished? I’ll leave that for you to decide.
Drink: 2013 – 2023
Score: 17.7/20 92/100
Would I buy it? I’d drink a glass but not more at this stage.