Pale colour. Fresh flinty grapefruit, lemon curd, tonic water aromas. Creamy and effervescent with pure grapefruit, bitter lemon, citrusy flavours, fine chalky textures and fine persistent acidity. A slight al-dente grip on the finish, but long and refreshing. Very much a light and lively aperitif style. A touch of bottle age will bring it together even more. Drink now – or keep for a while. Very good value.
95 points (June 2021)
This brilliantly packaged and presented wine has been at the forefront of Aussie fizz for years. It was one of the very first to announce Australia could really do this thing called sparkling wine. This is a blend of the three classic Champagne varieties, pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot meunier, from the Henty vineyards of Seppelt. This naturally cool climate produces a crisp acidity which is ideal for sparkling wines. This spent five years on lees before bottling last December and in that time has picked up a subtle degree of autolysis character, where yeast cells impart the beautifully complex flavours for fizz. It’s a fine style with a core of nutty stone fruit and citrus working seamlessly with a subtle brioche light toastiness. It finishes with a crisp minerality that sustains it throughout.
94 points, Wine Pilot
HentySituated 300 km west of Melbourne in Southwestern Victoria, Henty was named after the first family to settle in Victoria in the 1800’s. The region was pioneered in 1964 by Karl Seppelt, who recognized that the cool climate was ideal for the production of sparkling and aromatic wines. The Seppelts planted 100 hectares at Drumborg in 1964 and this was followed by Crawford River in 1975. The long, gentle autumn ripening period allows the retention of both acid and aromatics crucial for Henty’s flagship variety, Riesling.