Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Zarephath 424 Moorialup Road East Porongurup Western Australia 6324
Post: PO Box 1236Albany Western Australia 6331
Telephone: +61(0)8 9853 1152 Facsimile: +61(0)8 9853 1151

The motto in the Zarephath vineyard is "quality through attention to detail". With the extra hands available that living in community provides, we are able to spend more quality time with each individual vine, ensuring that the balance between vegetative growth and fruit production is maintained, and that the vines are always kept in an optimum state of health. Shoot thinning and leaf plucking are employed in order to provide good sunlight penetration and ventilation in the canopy. Maintaining a balance between pests and their natural predators also helps to minimise the need for chemical sprays. But besides all this, we also "talk" with our vines, offering encouragement and expressing appreciation for the good job they are doing, not necessarily with words, but we are sure that they respond to how we feel about them, and the results speak for themselves!

Wine 2007 Riesling
Fragrant floral, peach, spicy tropical aromas. An excellent palate showing fine taut structure leading to a lingering lime, lemon citrus finish with just a hint of spice.

2006 Chardonnay
Attractive, complex nose shoowing grilled nuts with melons with some dried fruits. The wine has a lovely rich and textured mouth-feel. The palate is clean and crisp; very long at the end. Lovely melon and a range of complex fruit flavors present a delightful refinement and finesse foreshadowed by complex fruit flavours of the 2006 Little Brother Unwooded Chardonnay. Gold Medal Winner at the 2007 Qantas WA Wine Show.

2005 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby red, full bpdoed. Fresh fruity vibrant nose. The 2007 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide gives this wine 4 glasses while describing "Red-glare cherries, Asian spice, dry forest undergrowth" with "intnense cherry-like flovour" and "fleshy texture." This is a wine that shows why the Porongurup area is becoming famous for its distinctive Pinots.

2003 Shiraz Ruby red with scarlet hue. Developed, lively nose with a hint of spicy berry accents behind ripe plum. Beautifully rounded and juicy mid-palate. Spicy plum fruit and French oak are integrated and balanced. Medium grain tannin and acid - good length.

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Well integrated nose showing cassies berries and quality French oak with some slight leathery/savoury characters adding complexity. Very even and balanced palate. Everything is harmonised. Cassis fruit and spicy plum flavours evident with a hint of cherry and dark chocolate giving way to French oakZema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a benchmark Coonawarra Cabernet, concentrated with rich blackberry and mint fruit further enhanced with well integrated oak. A well structured and balanced wine allowing further development with bottle age.

2001 Cabernet SauvignonInky fruit displaying classic blackberry flavours with a slight savoury edge. Persistent finish in fine tannins, background oak, and he lingerinng flavours of earthy cabernet fruit. James Halliday picked this one for its long cellaring potential, recommending that it be cellared for later enjoyment. We've had the occassional celebratory bottle and reckon that we'ed better give you a chance at the few remaining bottles before they are all gone.

2006 Little Brother Unwooded Chardonnay
Lovely nose, comprising peach and honey, spicy citrus aromas. Beautiful aromatic structure showcasing fresh fruit salad, and a touch of Turkish Delight on the mid-palate. An elegant, smooth lingering finish.

Little Brother Late Harvest RieslingFloral and citrus fruit aromas, with honey dew and rock melon flavours on the palate, and a smooth, sweet finish.

2004 Little Brother Cabernet Merlot
Rich cabernet nose showing cassis fruit and light vanilla oak, with a well balanced palate of juicy berries, plums, cabernet tannins, merlot fleshiness, and dusty oak.

2000 Riesling: Ripe floral and intense lychee aromas. with fresh lime and passionfruit flavours, herbal notes and a clean, lingering finish.

2000 Pinot Noir: Early tasting notes for this wine said: “Full rich palate combining ripe strawberry, cherry and confectionary characters with dusty, spicy French oak. Lovely nutty, slightly charred characters also evident. Creamy mid-palate with great persistence of flavour. What was evident then has continued to integrate and mature. The wine is a fine example of a light cool climate aged pinot: pleasant to the nose, smooth and fruit filled.

2000 Cabernet Sauvignon: Intense blackberry and raspberry fruit aromas, combined with sweet dusty oak. A medium bodied wine with earthy fruit, sweet dusty oak, and fine grain tannins.


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