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Eden Valley Riesling, joven-style Grenache and Barossa Shiraz

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After 167 years, iconic Barossa Valley wine estate Seppeltsfield has released a range of still wines that will be available nationally.

After five generations under B Seppelt and Sons and 22 years of corporate ownership, Seppeltsfield's current proprietor aims to take this Australian brand back to its original place as one of the country's top wine producers. Releasing this range nationally is the first phase.

With a design showing off the company's earliest insignia, the crown and star, the Eden Valley Riesling, joven-style Grenache and Barossa Shiraz are all heading across the country in March. Here are  tasting notes for the range of still wines launched in February 2018:

 

2017 Seppeltsfield Eden Valley Riesling

Vineyard:Seppeltsfield’s Riesling hails from the ‘Garden of Eden’ vineyard in the Barossa’s beautiful high country - The Eden Valley - and is located approximately 3kms west from the township of Springton. The soils throughout the Eden Valley are strewn with rocky outcrops and gravels, giving rise to classic mineral structure and perfume. Elevations over 400m above sea level result in an extended ripening season and promote effortless natural balance and finesse. Vines were shoot-thinned, allowing for low yielding bunches which provide pristine juice.  

Winemaking:only the finest free run juice was used to craft the Seppeltsfield Eden Valley Riesling. Fermentation took place at 14°C in stainless steel to preserve pristine fruit and perfume. Following fermentation, the wine was promptly bottled to maintain freshness and vibrancy.

Tasting:a flavoursome dry riesling with characteristics of lemon barley and lime zest and freshly cut pink lady apples. The wine is medium straw in colour with lifted and lively, aromas of freshly cut pink lady apples, citrus zest, lemon and florals. The palate is dry and flavoursome, freshly squeezed lime acidity driving the finish.

Cellaring: those who are patient to cellar up to 10 years will be rewarded with toast, delicate honey and beeswax characters. 

 Food match: South Australian King Prawns

Alc/vol: 12.5%

RRP: A$25 per bottle

 

2016 Seppeltsfield Barossa Shiraz

Vineyard:the 2016 Seppeltsfield Barossa Shiraz is our foundation-level, representing the estate’s diverse holding of vineyards that cross the region’s Western ridge, from the North to Southern grounds. Generations of grape growers have farmed this variety in the region since the 1840s - the complex combination of varying geology, geography and climate interacting to express its qualities in manner of ways, from perfumed and elegant to rich and generous. Definitively however, Barossa Shiraz is not simply a translation of grape or grounds; it also represents a tapestry of the region’s history, culture and pioneering endeavour.

With a close eye on what the growing season has provided, Seppeltsfield’s vineyards are considered at individual block level for their suitability of our ‘village’ release. Intensive sampling is undertaken as the fruit approaches ripening maturity, to ensure optimal harvest timing.

Winemaking: the 2016 Barossa Shiraz was vinified through the historic 1888 Gravity Cellar. Built into the hillside on a series of terraces, gravity guides the flow of fruit down through the winery to deliver gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. The Shiraz was fermented in open fermenters and matured with moderate French oak influence. 

Tasting: medium to full-bodied, the 2016 Barossa Shiraz displays true Barossa character of ripe cherry and plummy fruits, savoury minerality a medium tannin profile. It is deep red with crimson hues and has aromas of lifted ripe cherry and plum fruit with all spice notes. The palate shows classic Barossa ripeness, bright red fruits and subtle oak.

Food match: A selection of Barossa small goods.

Alc/vol:14.5%

RRP: A$25 per bottle

 

2017 Seppeltsfield Barossa Grenache

Vineyard: the 2017 Seppeltsfield Barossa Grenache is the result of an evolution of the estate’s prized Great Terraced Vineyard. The vineyard lies on the Western boundary of the Seppeltsfield estate itself and is planted in contoured rows. The vineyard includes blocks of Shiraz and Palomino, however the majority is gnarly, thick-trunked Grenache. The harvest of Grenache once solely fed Seppeltsfield’s Tawny (fortified) wines, however a new perspective of retaining parcels of lighter, brighter fruit for a varietal still wine is now being employed. This is achieved through selection of blocks and rows on the mid and lower levels of the vineyard, which are less exposed and moderated by cooling gully breezes.

The vineyard is entirely bush-vine planted (no wire trellis or posts) which dictates only hand pruning and hand picking.

Winemaking:the 2017 Barossa Grenache is crafted in a ‘joven’ style - released young and without oak maturation. The Grenache was vinified through the historic 1888 Gravity Cellar. Built into the hillside on a series of terraces, gravity guides the flow of fruit down through the winery to deliver gentle extraction of colour, flavor and tannin. 

Tasting: the joven style allows for a perfumed and fruit-dominant wine, displaying bright cherry and cranberry fruit, with textured plum skin tannin.  The wine is a bright colour, see-through red with crimson and it has lifted and intense note of fresh fruits - cherry, cranberry - with middle Eastern spices. The palate is plush, cherry ripe, crammed full of red fruits with a textural finish

Food match: Aged Cheddar and brie.

Alc/vol: 14.7%

RRP: A$25 per bottle

 

 

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  • Barossa (including Eden Valley) (SA)
  • Barossa Valley (SA)

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