Seville Estate Old Vines Reserve Shiraz, Yarra Valley
The Seville Estate Reserve range is estate grown and made, expressing the very best of each vintage and only released in exceptional years. Reserve wines are made in small quantities using fruit sourced mainly from original 1972 plantings. The wines are designed to have extended cellaring potential.
Grapes are hand-picked and vineyard-sorted, open-fermented on wild yeasts with a whole bunch component that integrates earthiness and savouriness. Up to 30 days on skins is followed by 10 months in used French oak. Typically a rich, powerful wine yet also light on its feet, with precise red and black fruits, pepper and spice and oak inputs. Tannins are structured but fine and acidity gives freshness. A complex and lifted style that will improve with cellaring. Under 100 dozen made each year.
"Vines planted '72, hand-picked and vineyard-sorted, wild yeast open-fermented, 28 days on skins, 10 months in used French oak. The old vines invest this with lusciousness (not part of the Estate), yet keep it light on its feet. The array of red and black berry fruits, cracked pepper, licorice, spice and oak are lined up with the precision of a Chinese army parade."
98 points, James Halliday (March 2018)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.
Langton’s Selections Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Shiraz Dr. Peter McMahon, who shared a medical practice with Dr. John Middleton of Mount Mary fame, established Seville Estate. The winery was sold to Brokenwood in 1997 but it has once again changed hands in 2005. However, the winemaker is Dr. Peter McMahon’s grandson Dylan McMahon. The vineyards are located at the southern end of the Yarra Valley on very red volcanic soils over clay. The vineyards are quite vigorous, although viticultural management encourages low yields. Seville Estate Shiraz – their only wine with any secondary market presence – is a more restrained style, with a highly defined fruit profile, texture and balance, underscored by the vanillin flavours of American oak. Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Shiraz, Old Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Old Vine Pinot Noir are the current flagships. The range follows the contemporary idea of having a three tiered product offering. Seville Estate only has a nominal presence on the secondary market. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's