Seppelt St Peters Great Western Vineyards Shiraz, Grampians
With a pedigree dating back more than 50 years, Seppelt’s flagship Shiraz has long been among Australia’s finest and most sought-after red wines. That good bottles from the 1960s can still be good drinking is a tribute to the influence of Colin Preece—one of Australia’s greatest winemakers, who was the manager at Seppelt Great Western from 1932 until his retirement in 1963.
St.Peters has maintained its status as a leading Shiraz in the powerful yet elegant, finely structured Victorian style. The 2016 is an outstanding addition to a distinguished line.
Winemaker Adam Carnaby points to a complex, perfumed nose of violets, dark fruit, pepper and spice leading into fresh, mulberry-like fruit flavours, fine tannins and spicy oak.
St.Peter’s proven longevity means the wine is sought after everywhere in the world that fine Shiraz is valued and enjoyed.
Small batch open-fermented, hand-plunged, matured for 14 months in small and large format French oak. Deep crimson; a wine bred in the purple; there is an operatic chorus of purple and black fruits with highlights of spice, gentle, yet persistent tannins and oak the final movement. 97 points, James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au).
A significant stylistic step away from the 2012 vintage (which was an excellent wine), this has a significantly brighter and more fragrant edge to it and is immensely fresh and captivating. The colour is a vivid red-purple; it looks lively in the glass. Aromas run a huge range from the most perfumed pink musk and sweet pink roses through an array of complex spices, pepper and bright red fruits. A more toasty, meaty edge gives way to darker more profound stones and graphite. The palate opens with playful fleshy red fruits, plenty of cherries and red plums, plus some raspberries too. It then transforms, revealing a stack of sleek, fine-sheeted tannins and deeper dark-fleshed plum fruit, finishing with plum-stone tang. Super fresh and long. This is a revelation. 98 points, Nick Stock (jamessuckling.com).
The colour is very deep purple/red and the bouquet exudes five-spice, licorice, pepper and some sooty, charcoal notes. It has superb concentration of flavour and ample fine-grained tannins. Full-bodied with a fleshy texture. Great intensity of dark fruit flavours on the palate, with a trace of graphite or pencil-lead, typical of the vineyard. This is one of the best young St Peters wines I've ever seen. Mostly whole-berry fermentation with a small percentage of whole bunch, 1200 cases made. Aged in a combination of large vats and barriques, of which 40% were new. 97 points, Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com).
A Rhône-inspired Shiraz of remarkable depth, balance and complexity with a deep, heady and floral perfume of translucent black and blue berries, sweet cedary oak and cracked pepper. Medium in weight, it’s smooth and silky, with deep layers of intense small dark fruit and meaty complexity framed by fine-grained tannins, extending with marvellous length and balance towards an elegant and savoury finish. Exceptional. 97 points, Jeremy Oliver (jeremyoliver.com).
The purity, class and mineral drive of this wine is superb and is the reason why it is consistently considered one of the best cool climate wines in this country. The nose is a heady mix of plum, olive and spicy French oak, the fruit weight and balance on the palate is superb, this wine is balance and concentration personified. A touch of licorice adds to the pure and textural expression of dark berry fruits and leads to a finish that is laden with spice and textural finish that will see this wine fare well over the next decade or two. 96 points, Patrick Eckel (winereviewer.com.au).
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.