For the first time in its 167 years, the Barossa Valley’s Seppeltsfield, much loved for fortified wines, has released red and white wines. This completes a 10-year metamorphosis of the estate as a privately owned business by proprietor (and some say saviour) Warren Randall, following five generations of the Seppelt family and 22 years of corporate governance.
SEPPELTSFIELD RIESLING, 2017
Aromas of rosewater, lime, green and red apple skin and talc bath bombs. Awash with comforting flavours; a tiny hint of residual sugar balancing the acidity. To allow it to bloom, don’t serve too cold. Rating:
9/10 RRP: $25 Alc: 12.5%
SEPPELTSFIELD GRENACHE, 2017
Released young without any oak maturation. Fruit driven with rose petals, cherries, tomato stalks, choco drops and cranberries. Vibrant and alive with layers of flavour, spice and a long textural finish.
Rating: 9.25/10 RRP: $25 Alc: 14.7%
SEPPELTSFIELD SHIRAZ, 2016
The “village wine” made from the myriad patchwork of ancient Barossa shiraz vines. Full nose of gunsmoke, pink peppercorn, blood plums with sweet roast ham meatiness. Fruit-full and bouncy, but the right amount of dark, tarry grip. Cellar-worthy. Rating: 8.5/10 RRP: $25 Alc: 14.5% vinonotebook.com