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.
With a deep, dark purple-tinged colour, this classic Great Western Shiraz has a rich ironstone, pepper, spice aroma with graphite and dark-plum nuances. It’s full-bodied and tightly-composed, savoury and earthy/mineral with tremendous intensity and drive. Yes, it’s superb now but it will richly reward cellaring. Screwcap. Ageing: 20+ years.
97 points, The Real Review, Wine of the Week AU (June 2019)
Deep, dark red with good purple tints, the bouquet rich in ironstone, smoky graphite and spicy/peppery shiraz nuances. The palate is soft and rich and fleshy, very much a savoury wine which is driven by pepper spice and earthy, ironstone nuances. Full-bodied but also supple and finely-textured. Serious shiraz.
97 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
"Small batch winemaking, open-fermented and hand-plunged, matured in French oak of various sizes. The mix of silk and satin provides exceptional texture, black fruits dominant, the length excellent, the balance a point."
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"Fantastic wine, no two ways about it.
It’s not a big wine. It doesn’t need to be. It shows off pepper, plum, clove and graphite characters and it threads woodsmoke and cured meat characters throughout. It’s fresh but settled; it’s balanced on a pinhead. It comes sheeted with ultra-fine tannin and exquisite length. It takes time to open properly in the glass and that, of course, isn’t a bad thing. This can be cellared with confidence."
95 points, The Wine Front (May 2019)
"The aromas are very satisfying with tar, cloves, dark berries and a hint of bay leaf. Medium to full body. Tight and chewy tannins, but always in check and focus. Some almond and spice, too."
93 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.