Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Nepenthe Wines makes a major quality statement

Nepenthe Wines has always tended to whisper quietly about its achievements rather than bellowing from the rooftops. 

But the Adelaide Hills winery made a major statement this week when it launched two new flagship $80 wines at Sydney's iconic Quay restaurant. 

Guests flown in from around the country took in views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge while sampling the new wines and some spectacular new dishes from chef Peter Gilmore. 

The Apex range comprises a Chardonnay and Shiraz from the 2016 vintage both sourced from cool-climate sites and designed to showcase Nepenthe’s mission to capturing rationality and provenance in the glass.


The Apex Chardonnay is crafted from grapes grown at the Rathmine Vineyard site, which benefits from north-facing slopes that provide excellent growing conditions. It's a lovely, thoroughly modern style with stone fruit and brisk acid. 

The Apex Shiraz hails from the Charleston Vineyard and is a classic cool-climate shiraz with both concentration and elegance. 

As well as being sourced from single vineyard sites, both wines are made using single clones to give the purest possible varietal expression. I thoroughly enjoyed both. 


Nepenthe Wines’ senior winemaker James Evers (above) said: “Nepenthe is one of the jewels in the Adelaide Hills, having been founded in 1994. As one of the very first wineries in the region, we are proud of our heritage, producing premium wines from established and emerging varietals that thrive in Australia’s premier cool-climate area (ahem!). 

“The Apex portfolio is a modern interpretation of what the Hills can achieve, embracing the nuances of two premium vineyard sites and the unique characteristics offered by our single varietal clones.”

The Apex range is being rolled out across top-end on-premise accounts, leading independents and through the Nepenthe cellar door.

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