The ‘Grounds’ wines from Seppeltsfield focus on the sub-regionality of the Barossa. The name is derived from the Barossa Grounds project. This was a comprehensive study of the district’s sub-regionality led by the Barossa Grape & Wine Association. The fruit is sourced from single-site, estate-owned vineyards.
The fruit for The Easting is sourced from the Eastern Grounds Vineyard in the Garden of Eden Vineyard. The Easting is vinified through Seppeltsfield’s historic 1888 Gravity Cellar. The fruit is fermented in open fermenters and matured for 14 months in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. The Westing is an elegant and savoury Eden Valey Shiraz. Showing textured wine with flooding red cherry, mulberry, raspberry fruits, fine grainy tannins, attractive mid-palate concentration.
Deep crimson. Classic blackberry, mulberry dark chocolate aromas with black liquorice/ aniseed notes. Saturated dark berry fruits and fine chocolaty textures with underlying roasted chestnut mocha oak. Finishes chocolaty film with a lovely bitter-fresh chinotto freshness. Beautiful wine with superb richness and vigour. The bitter-sweet notes add tension and lengthen the finish. 2023-2032 14.6% Alc
Concentrated, almost glass-staining purple/red/black colour. The bouquet is loaded with ironstone-graphite nuances, a lick of pepper and brown spices, raspberry coulis in the background, the palate tremendously concentrated and powerful, with mouth-coating tannins and the finish is a crescendo of authoritative power and grip. (The Eastern Grounds Vineyard: Seppeltsfield Garden of Eden)
96 points, The Real Review (July 2021)
Blackcurrant, blueberry, that sage and lavender perfume that’s so typical from grapes grown in this part of the world. Supple, medium-bodied, tight and polished tannin structure, fresh feel, juicy saline and sage perfumed black fruit finish of excellent length, with a bit of dry tannin chew trailing. Very good.
94 points, The Wine Front (July 2021)
Barossa ValleyColonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.
Seppeltsfield is a showpiece of the Barossa Valley, a magnificent complex of 19th century winery buildings surrounded by almost 100 hectares of vineyards. Seppeltsfield was a focal point of the fledgling Barossa wine industry from the 1850s and now boasts the world’s longest unbroken chain of vintage wines, going back to 1878, enabling the release of a genuine 100-year-old fortified wine each year since 1978. Apart from the extraordinary range of fortifieds, Seppeltsfield today also produces a range of limited production table wines, including blends of Shiraz, Grenache and Touriga, and sparkling wines under the Gert’s Blend label.