Seville Estate Shiraz, Yarra Valley
The Estate wines are step up in the Seville Estate range. The wines are made from fruit sourced entirely from their own vineyards. All of the fruit is handpicked from a mix of old vines (planted in the 1970s) and new vines (planted in the 1990s) before being sorted in situ. The estate Shiraz is a formidable wine at this price point. There’s an immediate impression of age-worthiness, with serious savoury characters with the volume turned up on the cool-climate Shiraz spice.
It has all the appeal and vibrancy of youth with its dark red fruit, the lifted fragrance from 20% whole bunches in the ferment, the pepper, the gum leaves and the savoury tone. It's medium-bodied with ripe, finely-shaped tannins and raspberry-fresh acidity. Youth will give way to a more complex wine in a few years. That's life.
95 points, Wine Companion, March 2017
James Halliday’s Wine Companion, Winery of the Year 2019
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.