Seppeltsfield

South Australia | Barossa Valley

James' Review

The historic Seppeltsfield property and its bounty of old fortified wines was originally established by the Seppelt family in 1851. Later acquired by Foster's Group (now Treasury Wine Estates), Seppeltsfield returned to private ownership in 2007, with Warren Randall now owning in excess of 90% of its capital. Randall, former sparkling winemaker for Seppelt Great Western in the 1980s, has led a revival of Seppeltsfield, gradually restoring the heritage-listed property. The estate's 1888 gravity cellar is back in full operation, and a tourism village has been established. Randall has also slowly pieced together the largest premium, privately-owned vineyard holding in the Barossa - enabling Seppeltsfield to complement its treasure trove of fortifieds with table wine releases. Over the years I have tasted all the 100 Year Old Paras released, some singly, others both singly and as part of a vertical tasting. My tasting notes vary to a degree, but there are recurrent themes, and no vintage has stepped out of line. So it comes to this: either don't allot points; or try to pick holes and squeeze out a point higher here, drop a point there, knowing in my heart this was a charade; or say these wines have no parallel anywhere else in the world, and the conjunction of 100 years of devoted stewardship (think former cellarmaster James Godfrey) and climate/terroir/varieties have had an outcome that can never, ever, be duplicated. Key words: impenetrable colour, viscosity, searing intensity, endless finish, distillation of every spice known to humankind, bitter dark chocolate, burnt toffee, incisive acidity, rancio, supreme balance, aromas that not only remain in the glass, but intensify, celestial anaesthesia. It is the only wine I give 100 points to; what's more, the points are already on the page as I pick up the glass of the next release. Exports to the UK, South East Asia, Hong Kong and China.

About

Seppeltsfield, one of Australia’s most iconic wine estates, has a proud and priceless legacy dating back to 1851. Seppeltsfield was established in the Barossa Valley by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt just 15 years after the settlement of South Australia. One of the largest and most modern wineries in the world of its time, Seppeltsfield went on to thrive as an artisan community throughout the early 1900’s.

Steeped in rich Barossan heritage, the estate is considered a true national treasure of which helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry.

Details

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Winemaker Fiona Donald, Matthew Pick
Established 1851
Dozens 10 000
Vineyards (area) 1300 ha
Opening Hours 7 days 10.30-5
Address 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, SA 5355
Telephone (08) 8568 6200
Website www.seppeltsfield.com.au