Deep red/purple colour; blood plum aromas with a veneer of charred oak. It's a big wine with lots of oak in the aroma and flavour, all finishing off with robust tannins. This needs more time for the grip to soften and the oaky flavours to further mellow into the wine. It will be very good in time. Later: very powerful, concentrated, majestic wine with strong ironstone/mineral and pepper/spice aromas and flavours. Great structure and power. A stunning wine which will blossom with time in the cellar. Drink 2021-2046. 96 points, Real Review (5/2018).
Beautiful perfume, silky medium weight, touches of spice and herbal detail, bright red berry fruit spectrum and a fine dusting of pepper. It’s a really lovely wine, glorious for its texture, brilliant for its length and elegance, though you could say it’s a riper flavour profile for a St Peters. Seamless flow and with good concentration, the glide across the palate is notable. It’s quite addictive to drink, indeed. 94 points, Wine Front.
Deep and brooding, there are aromas of charcuterie, red and black fruits, and a suggestion of the countryside -- freshly mown hay and dust. The palate is dense, but it feels medium-bodied, with ripe but slightly sharp-edged fruit buried in a surreptitiously enveloping cloak of tannin that builds and builds. This wine will take you on an intriguing journey if you have the time to foillow it. 96 points, Wine Companion.
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.