92 Points- Wine Spectator
91 Points- James Suckling
90 Points- Vinous Media
92 Insider Points
"Fresh and inviting, this is lithe in texture, with flavors of wild strawberry, tea leaf and spice persisting easily against lightly nubby tannins. Drink now through 2020. 200 cases imported."- Wine Spectator
"The very appealing 2013 vintage has really played into the hands of this early release style pinot noir, with bright red and darker cherry pinot fruits nicely met by spicy, attractive complexity. The palate has impressive sweet fruited depth, blue and red fruit flavours sit juicy and bright, tannins frame it all up nicely - one of the best Pepik releases to date this offers well above expectation. Drink now."- James Suckling
"Light, bright red. Aromas of mineral-accented redcurrant, raspberry and succulent herbs, with a suave floral overtone. Silky and open-knit, offering sappy red fruit and rose pastille flavors that flesh out slowly with aeration. Light on its feet but concentrated as well, with smooth tannins providing gentle grip to the long, refreshingly spicy finish."- Vinous Media
The 2012 release Pepik from Josef Chromy is seriously old school Pinot, keeping alive the traditions of Burgundy, very soft and elegant, full of bright red fruit, showing more layers as the wine opens. Be sure to pop the cork about 30 minutes before serving to allow the full bouquet to develop. Red cherry blends with smoked bramble and black tea, with a central beam of red fruit acidity and smooth tannin on the finish. This wine should last for quite some time in your cellar, enjoy now through 2022. - DZ Aug 2016
It’s time for a pure Tassie fruit sensation! As in Tasmania, the leading region in Australian Pinot Noir hype. Look out New Zealand and Oregon, this vintage is all the buzz! It’s bright. Tasty. With a complex finish. And absolutely the best news of the day for classic Pinot Noir lovers! If you’re already partial to fine red fruit aromas and light, easy-drinking supported by opulent oak, this vintage will be a delightful little addition to your cellar.
92 pts Wine Spectator, 91 pts James Suckling, 90 pts Antonio Galloni Vinous, and the love continues! Our Tasting Panel is fanatical about this garnet colored sipper and agrees that it is a game changer for the world of Pinot Noir. A glimpse into just how good Tasmania wines really are, especially in regard to this somewhat temperamental varietal that requires so much love and attention in order to allow its drinkers to give it, well … that much more love and attention while in the glass.
James Halliday has been quoted saying, “In volume terms, the Tasmanian wine industry is as tiny as its potential is large.” And in regards to PEPIK Pinot, he explains it’s “a joyful wine to put a smile on your face.” And Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, says the “wines are a worthy addition to the expanding variety we are now seeing from Australia. Besides, there can never be enough good Pinot Noir.”
Reasons why we love it:
Josef Chromy - the man - puts the vigor in the Tassie wine industry, while Josef Chromy - the label - is synonymous with the most beautiful Pinot Noir. Into his mid-80s, Josef still enjoys getting his hands dirty working with his winemaking team. His esteemed head winemaker and general manager, Jeremy Dineen is the master of creating premium quality for the most discriminating wine drinker. You won’t find him working with any second-rate varietals on this island!
In Jeremy’s first five years with Josef Chromy, he honorably collected over 15 trophies and 260 medals, including 22 gold. Considered one of the most victorious label launches in Tasmanian history, Josef Chromy has been named frequently as a “Top Cellar Doors of Australia” by Gourmet Traveller Wine and Australia’s Wine Business Magazine.
We must agree that “Tasmania is arguably the region par excellence for elegant styles” -
Max Allen, Decanter. This highly drinkable vintage is what every Pinot Noir enthusiast should strive to sip. Bright. Juicy. And so very tasty!
A soft, balanced palate of sweet red cherry with rounded tannins and subtle spicy tones.
Josef Chromy Wines has a state-of-the-art winery at the base of the vineyard at Relbia, just 10 minutes South of Launceston. The modern and minimalist exterior provides a home for some of the best winemaking equipment available. Fruit reception begins with a vibrating hopper that gently shakes the grapes into the destemmer, which has a smooth plastic cage to prevent damage to the delicate berries. The grapes are pumped gently into the press through a peristaltic pump, using the same technology that transfers live fish or pumps blood during heart bypass surgery.
A high tech German press enables juice extraction at low pressures, giving more delicate aromatic juices. All Pinot Noir is fermented in small batch open top fermenters and a pneumatic plunging device, co-developed by Josef, is used to gently plunge the cap and manage the extraction of colour and tannin during the fermentation. All the equipment and processes in the winery are designed to respect the delicate varietal flavours of the high quality, cool-climate Tasmanian fruit.
Suggested accompaniments: Spicy tomato pasta, quail and cured or light meats.