The cool climes of the Porongurups are so good for this lighter style of Riesling. It has such a wonderful purity and pristine quality about. it. Spicy with a lemon zest and light lime character. It’s finely balanced with a lingering precise palate. Bone dry and very long.
A lighter bodied chardonnay reflecting the site within the Porongurups. Creamy savoury stone fruit with a white peach dominance on the nose. There’s some nice citrus and nectarine edges to it. The palate is deep with good juicy intensity. Sustained finish.
A substantial pinot noir showing so much depth and fruit concentration but delivered with typical pinot refinement and style. Aromas of spicy cherry and darker plum with a dab of raspberry confection. The palate is deep and lavishly textured with a firm spine of ripe chalky tannins. A little savory edge completes the picture of a real step up for Zarephath with this variety.
Zarephath pinot noir 2013 ($30)
So much beautiful perfumed varietal character in this tidy pinot noir. Smoky sour cherry and raspberry notes on the nose. The palate has a mix of juicy light-bodied red fruits, slightly chalky tannins and a little savoury oak. A fine acidity threads through to the finish to keep it very pinot-like.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 6 years
Zarephath rosé 2015 ($30)
Lovely pale pink colour. This is made from a mix of merlot, shiraz and cabernet and brings some really cute characters from those varieties to the table – cherry and red currant with some sweet strawberry notes. The palate is typically light bodied with a refreshing dry acid on the finish.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 years
Zarephath Riesling 2015 ($30)
Lots of talcy bath salts character on the nose of this wine which captures so much of the Porongurups characters. The palate is keen and crisp with a spicy minerality. Long fine finish.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 years
Zarephath chardonnay 2013 ($30)
A lighter-bodied chardonnay reflecting the site within the Porongurups. Creamy savoury stone fruit with a whet peach dominance on the nose. There’s some nice citrus and nectarine edges to it. The palate is deep with good juicy intensity. Sustained finish.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 5 years
Zarephath shiraz 2008 ($30)
An older shiraz that is starting to reveal its secondary qualities as a result of extended cellaring. Yet it retains some rather appealing primary red fruit notes. Leather and spicy on the nose with smoky tobacco influences. The palate is generous and plush with a leathery spicy feature.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 4 years
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