The Top Dozen - Sponsored by NepentheNepenthe’s
commitment to consistently high quality wine starts with the soil.
In fact, together, our two vineyard areas’, Lenswood and Charleston,
have extensive variety of soils and diverse topography that adds to
the wonderful complexity and richness of the Nepenthe wines.
We also insist on the best quality fruit.
At high altitude, our premium vines produce frighteningly low yields – but
what they lack in quantity they more than make up for in quality and
altitude viticulture is not without its challenges, but because we
are firmly committed to quality we will continue to produce distinctive
wines from relatively low yielding premium vines. We are proud of
the reputation the nepenthe brand has already developed in both Australia
and in the UK, and will not compromise our commitment to high standards.
Credit for this exceptional fruit must
be given to our viticulture and winemaker staff; not forgetting for
a moment the importance of our site, soil, and clone, and the effect
of the season. If all of these factors combine correctly, the only
other thing to get right is the picking date: the ‘window of
opportunity’ to pick the fruit with the correct flavour spectrum
is narrow, and requires the winemaker to spend considerable time in
the vineyard at harvest.
Successfully steering a temperamental high
altitudinal system of half a dozen grape varieties – including
the infamous zinfandel – through vintage after vintage requires
infinate patience and an intimate understanding of wine making that
(almost by definition) verges on the obsessional. Which is why we
hand picked the best wine making team available.
Our first plantings were chardonnay, sauvignon
blanc, pinot noir and zinfandel. We also established some merlot,
semillon, riesling and pinot gris.
So, before you banish sorrow from your
soul with the next sip of Nepenthe, take a moment to reflect on our
never ending struggle to bring you the very best in South Australian
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