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.
Pale medium colour. Red cherry raspberry chinotto, minty aromas and flavours with flinty roasted walnut notes. Medium bodied with fine chalky touch gravelly textures, attractive mid-palate viscosity and fresh long integrated but high-pitched acidity. Finishes minerally long.
91 points (June 2021)
This is made from vineyards way down in the cool, to bloody cold, climes of Drumborg, a region that has proved ideal for pinot noir and other varieties. The aromas are quite savoury with cherry overtones adding a degree of fruit purity. The palate has a deal of power, but it is so seamless and smooth with wonderfully integrated tannins and a nice hit of oak with an effortless yet still urgent feel about the palate. The finish is dry and long. Ready to go now but extra time in bottle will certainly benefit it.
93 points, Wine Pilot
Medium to full red/purple colour, with a very spicy bouquet incorporating some char-oak together with raspberry, red cherry and darker cherry. The wine is very intense on the tongue, rich and deep yet delicate and refined in its texture. Sweet strawberry, raspberry and pot-pourri flavours resonate long on the mid-palate and aftertaste. A thoroughly delightful pinot. The best yet from this maker, I feel.
95 points, The Real Review (June 2021)
Soft, flowing pinot noir, all cherries and kirsch, woody spice, walnut savouriness and light toastiness. Does good. Even, appealing texture, the finish just a little grippy with woodiness over fruit, but the general appeal is here and the wine feels lean and of the region with just enough flesh to keep drinkers enticed.
91 points, The Wine Front (May 2021)
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.