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Pepperjack named 'The Great Australian Red'

The winery that is home to Australia’s favourite red*, Pepperjack Shiraz, is the toast of The Great Australian Red Awards, claiming Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’ with their Pepperjack Certified Shiraz Cabernet 2016.

Now in its 12th year, The Great Australian Red is a wine competition created by globally renowned wine critics Tyson Stelzer and Matthew Jukes, designed to highlight the blend that defines Australia: Shiraz Cabernet.  

Pepperjack won medals for all five of its entries in the competition, and was subsequently awarded The Riedel Trophy for the Best Winery of Show, narrowly pipping Jacob’s Creek and past winner Wolf Blass for this hotly-contested Trophy.  

“It’s a thrill to see exciting new labels emerging in a category that has traditionally been the domain of the longstanding players,’ said Tyson Stelzer, cofounder of the competition alongside Matthew Jukes.  

“The winners of this year's competition represent an exciting set of relative newcomers, showcasing a continued and exciting evolution for Australia’s definitive blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz.  

“It shows that The Great Australian Red is a dynamic category of wines which attracts some of the finest wine talent in the country from the vines all of the way to the glass” noted Jukes.  

This quintessential Pepperjack wine, Certified Shiraz Cabernet 2016, also claimed the Trophy in the following categories:  

  • The Trophy for The Great Australian Red 2017  
  • The Trophy for Best Red Wine $25 - $60  
  • The Trophy for Best Shiraz dominant blend across all pricepoints  
  • The Trophy for Best Winery of Show  

Barossa born and bred, Pepperjack winemaker Richard Mattner says: “To be judged the best Great Australian Red in such a tough and fantastic line up of wines is humbling and a real honour.  

The blend of Shiraz and Cabernet is quintessentially Australian, with each variety adding complexity, and layers to the other. I really enjoy making Pepperjack Certified Shiraz Cabernet, not only for the varietal blend, but also using this fruit from multiple regions within South Australia; McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Barossa”. Pepperjack Certified Shiraz Cabernet is $29.99 RRP and available from Dan Murphy’s and BWS. 


For further information please contact Tyson Stelzer, Great Australian Red on 

Rebecca Appleton, Pepperjack, on 03 8533 3959 or