Made by ‘2012 Barossa Winemaker of the Year’ – Fiona Donald.
Over its 167-year history, Seppeltsfield has built its reputation on the production of exceptional fortified wines and remains the only winery in the world to release a 100-year old,single vintage wine each year.
Established in 1851 by Joseph Seppelt, the winery flourished in the 20th century as part of the Seppelt family’s expanding interests in the liquor industry, which grew to include vineyards and wineries across various Australian regions. The Seppelts maintained ownership until 1985, when the winery entered a period of corporate ownership which lasted until 2007. Seppeltsfield is now owned by Warren Randall – a qualified viticulturist and winemaker who worked for the Seppelt family during the 1980s. Randall has led a Seppeltsfield renaissance by developing its vineyard holdings on the ‘Western Ridge’ of the Barossa Valley and restoring the winery’s heritage listed buildings, including the prized 1888 Gravity Cellar.
Despite its substantial vineyard ownership, Seppeltsfield has only ever offered their still wines from its cellar door in the Barossa. Led by winemakers Fiona Donald and Matthew Pick, they have recently released a range of Barossa still wines to the trade. The range includes an Eden Valley Riesling from the estate’s coolest and highest elevation vineyard, an unoaked Grenache from its prized bush vine Great Terraced Vineyard and a Shiraz from the Barossa’s Western ridge. They will also be offering a selection of bottlings from the Para Tawny Collection, as well as rare vintage antiquities from the estate’s Centennial Collection.
“Seppeltsfield has been instrumental in shaping the history of the Australian wine industry, and it is an honour to be relaunching their wines in the UK market at such a pivotal moment in the estate’s history. Their fortified wines are true treasures of the wine world, and their focus on quality and authenticity has translated seamlessly into their fantastic new range of still wines.
The new-look Seppeltsfield wines are outstanding and remarkably well priced. The colour is deep, dark and youthful; the bouquet features dried herbs, spices and dark fruits laced with licorice. It finishes with tea-like tannins and is ripe and decadently rich, full-bodied and long on the finish. Impressive stuff. (Screwcap)
Score: 95 ★★★★★ Huon Hooke