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.
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.
Deep colour. Fresh elderberry, mulberry, dark chocolate, hint black pepper aromas with flinty aniseed notes. Voluminous and vigorous palate with deep set mulberry, blackberry elderberry fruits, plentiful chocolaty textures and underlying mocha oak complexity. Finishes firm with pure fresh long acidity, some aniseed notes and bell-clear sweet dark fruit notes. Density and torque. Give it time to settle.
96+ points (June 2021)
This great wine was first released in 1964 as Seppelt Great Western hermitage and over the years I have been fortunate enough to taste many exceptional wines under that name. The 1971 comes to mind as one of the greatest Australian wines I have tasted. It was renamed St Peters in 1998 and since then has created a real identity. It comes from several vineyards at Seppelt Great Western, chosen for how they conform to the required style. It always gas a distinctive graphite and iron filings dustiness that pervades the palate and the nose. Seamless and so well integrated with the oak and tannin combination help to focus a very long finish. This consistently ranks with my best Australian releases each year.
98 points, Wine Pilot
The 2019 vintage is a wine of some poise and grace. It has a quiet power and shows admirable winemaking restraint, especially in the oak department...Laden with ripe, warm black berried fruits, plums, dark chocolate and earthy spice, St. Peters shines with great intensity. Ripe tannins and fine-trimmed oak compliment. And that hint of bay leaf? Well, that’s the Grampians’ signature and it closes the wine beautifully. A keeper . . . if you can.
95 points, Wine Pilot
Very deep, youthful purple/red colour, with an expressive pepper-spice and graphite, earthy, ironstone bouquet. Very complex and multi-faceted in spite of its youth. The wine is very full-bodied, concentrated yet beautifully balanced, with ample fine, supple, yet persuasive tannins that bring an appetising dryness to the middle and end-palate. Richness, concentration, and impossible elegance into the bargain. A great shiraz. (Aged in small and large format French oak)
97 points, The Real Review (May 2021)
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.