Sublime colour. Grown at an altitude of 220m, the wine spent 10 days on skins, matured in 25% new oak. Whereas its sibling is in need of more time in bottle, this wine is well balanced, the extract well managed, and the flavours are beguiling.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
Such a pretty wine. Peppery and perfumed. The florals, the red and black cherries, the secret nuts and spices. It’s a fine-grained, intricate, elegant red but it is by no means underpowered. It blooms in the mouth and it finishes with a satisfying push. Just lovely.
93+ points, The Wine Front (February 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.