Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Noir, Henty
The Seppelt Drumborg range wines are made from fruit sourced exclusively the Drumborg vineyard in the Henty region of Victoria. Planted in 1964 by Karl Seppelt, the cool-climate Drumborg vineyard is one of the southern-most vineyards in mainland Australia.
The Drumborg Vineyard Pinot Noir from Seppelt is made from parcels of Pinot Noir selected for their intensity of flavour and structure. Traditional winemaking techniques are used, followed by maturation in a combination of French oak barriques and puncheons.
"It’s a stern pinot noir with ample fruit, some warmth, a solid frame of tannin and complex perfume. It feels authentic and everything suggests that it will age well. I’m not absolutely sold on the wine’s overall balance but it’s a close-run thing; its meaty, herbal, tannic motor certainly places it in the sturdier realm though of course in a cool context."
92+ points, The Wine Front (May 2019)
"Light to mid-ruby colour with a tint of purple. The bouquet is sousbois, bunchy, slightly vegetal. The wine is lean and sinewy, slightly sharp-edged, dark berry to plum flavours, some herbs on the palate too, the finish thicker and more chewy, with density and flesh. A very tasty pinot, with a touch of grip to enable it to partner fuller-flavoured foods."
92 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
HentySituated 300 km west of Melbourne in Southwestern Victoria, Henty was named after the first family to settle in Victoria in the 1800’s. The region was pioneered in 1964 by Karl Seppelt, who recognized that the cool climate was ideal for the production of sparkling and aromatic wines. The Seppelts planted 100 hectares at Drumborg in 1964 and this was followed by Crawford River in 1975. The long, gentle autumn ripening period allows the retention of both acid and aromatics crucial for Henty’s flagship variety, Riesling.