"From the Great Western Vineyard, (Bass and Arrawatta blocks), whole berry fermentation, powdery tannins in the base wine, 7+ years on lees following secondary fermentation. The liqueur d'expedition has provided 21g/l of residual sugar, at the bottom end of the scale. Shiraz shines in this wine."
96 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
"Ten years old and it’s still just clearing its throat. In fact my initial impression was that this is just a little too sweet and simple, though as it evolved in the glass these concerns were eased. It tastes of red berries, redcurrant, leather and sweet, woodsy spices, though there are elevated floral notes too. Indeed the longer you look at this the drier and more tannic the finish seems; the sweetness eases off and the structure draws through. It’s good now, obviously, but it will be better again in a few years time."
94+ points, The Wine Front (February 2019)
"Very deep, dark red colour with a tinge of purple remaining. The bouquet is very deep and earthy and mysterious, with notes of ironstone, black licorice and fresh-turned earth. These flavours re-appear in the mouth with dominant blackberry fruit and subtle fungal, earth notes as well as licorice and mixed spices. A twinge of VA (volatile acidity) doesn't concern me. It's full-bodied and powerful, in impeccable condition at 11 years old, with many more in front of it. The tannins and sweetness are perfectly balanced. A glorious wine. (Released May 2019)"
96 points, The Real Review (March 2019)
"A rich and complex array of spiced red-plum, mulberry and raspberry aromas with hints of earth and spice. The palate has a very smooth, fresh and spicy core of blackberries and plums and chocolate to close. Impressively complex."
94 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
The GrampiansLocated in western Central Victoria, the Grampians was settled during the gold rush of the 1850’s. Indeed the vivid history of the gold rush is inextricably intertwined with the history of viticulture in the region. Seppelt at Great Western, one of the region’s iconic wineries was built at the end of the gold rush when scores of out-of-work prospectors excavated its extensive drives and cellars. The "drives" completed in 1932, stretch for three kilometres and provide perfect conditions for the maturation of sparkling wine, for which the region is well-known. The climate of the Grampians is Mediterranean and essentially cool with vineyards situated at elevations ranging from 240 to 350m. The region experiences long sunshine hours and low rainfall necessitating supplementary irrigation. Soils in the region range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy and red clay loams interspersed with ironstone. The region is suited to a diverse range of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but is best known for its crisp fruity Riesling and distinctive spicy peppery Shiraz.