Seppelt Show Sparkling
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in News
‘The most prestigious sparkling red in the world.’
The 2007 Seppelt Show Sparkling Shiraz has reeled in another big accolade.
Not much more than a week ago it was James Halliday’s equal top-ranked Australian sparkling wine in his 2017 Top 100, and now Tyson Stelzer has named it his 2017 Sparkling Wine of the Year.
The wine – known by older generations as Sparkling Burgundy – is Stelzer’s highest-scoring Australian sparkling wine ever. Here’s the citation.
'Seppelt has pioneered Great Western sparkling Shiraz since the 1890s and I have been privileged to witness the stamina of great bottles from the 1950s and 1960s. Grand longevity is the key to this style, and even on release at a decade of age (eight years of which were spent on lees) the fruit of the Seppelt Great Western vineyard itself demands a long time yet to fully blossom. Enticingly poised, effortless, medium-bodied black cherry liqueur, black plum and blackberry fruit are here aplenty, framed in high cocoa dark chocolate, but the real distinction of this cuvée lies in its impeccably mineral, powder-fine tannins. Such enduring structure would crush the spirit of any mere mortal cuvée, but here it is neither confronting nor dominating, propelling a thrilling finish that reverberates long with cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. After more than 120 years, this remains the pinnacle of Australian sparkling, and it will outlive all others.'
97 Points, Tyson Stelzer
You can see Stelzer’s 2017 Australian Sparkling Report in full here
This remarkable wine also scores well (95+) with the usually harder markers at The Wine Front. Here’s Campbell Mattinson’s typically evocative review…
‘One of the softest wines you will ever encounter. And yet rich. And yet undergrowthy, into leather. It flows with plum, redcurrant and black cherry, menthol and sweet, polished cedarwood humming in the background. It’s pristine and yet it’s complex; it’s seductively fruited and yet secondary characters lap at the edges. It’s ready to drink now and yet it has much time, and expansion, still tucked up its sleeve.’
95+ Points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Langton’s has limited stocks of the 2007 Show Sparkling Shiraz available at $85 per bottle – against the RRP of $100. It’s not a once-a-year wine, either. It has many uses, across all four seasons.
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