Opaque purple-red. Amazing colour. Dense, ripe black fruit, a faint sauvage note and spice. Concentrated and controlled with a web of green apple acidity and fine tannin. Whatever oak it has seen, it has just sucked it up. Big, fresh, maybe brutal, but so well done. Amazing durif.
96 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
The colour is an incredibly dense, inky black/red. Bright red plum and blackberry fruit with accents of vanillin and coconut oak. The palate is beautifully plush and supple, and not-at-all warm, with ultra-soft tannins and integrated acidity. It is moreish, opulent and generous.
91 points, The Real Review (April 2019)
Deep, dark, glass-staining colour, with a sweetly floral, super-ripe smelling aroma. The wine is big and bold, with concentration if not subtlety. Essence of blackberry. It's a bit callow. An inky red wine that should live for decades.
90 points, The Real Review (February 2019)
Dense in flavour terms but its slippery-smooth mouthfeel will win it keen admirers. This is a big but well-balanced red wine. Blackberry, graphite, leather, coffee-cream and choc-mint flavours swoop persuasively through the palate. Tannin is present and fine-grained but not overly obvious; the cascade of flavour and the suppleness of the texture are the main drivers here.
92 points, The Wine Front (June 2019)
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.