Deep, rich red colour with a good tint of purple, the bouquet very rich and chocolaty with a herbal, mulchy undertone. The wine is full-bodied and fleshy-soft, rich and lusciously chocolaty, almost decadent. There is impressive depth of flavour and richness, and some peppery notes. The high-extract texture is almost voluptuous.
93 points, The Real Review (January 2019)
The colour is dense with mulberry hues. Intense red fruit aromas with subtle spice. Supple and gentle is the palate with dark cherry flavours and faint meaty nuances. Perfectly balanced with integrated acidity and fine tannins. Decanting helps open the wine. While it is drinking exceedingly well now, I expect it will age gracefully in the medium-term.
93 points, The Real Review (February 2019)
Grampians shiraz, aged in (older) American and French oak.
Fair to say that you get more than your money’s worth here. It’s a beautiful, medium-bodied red wine. The flow of it, the feel, the flavour and the nuance. All for $26. Make hay. Sweet, woodsy spices, plums, redcurrant, milk choc and mint. It’s seamless. It’s delicious.
93 points, The Wine Front (June 2019)
Vivid, deep crimson-purple - spectacular. Black cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant don't intend to give red, blue or purple fruits permission to speak. Oak and tannins are allowed to suggest support roles, but that's as far as it gets. Yet it's not the winemaker who has shut the door - it's the fruit and the site climate that have become the guardians of the River of Styx.
96 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
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.