SEPPELTSFIELD HOMECOMING

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WEEKEND - WORDS: RE­GAN DREW

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

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