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 was established in the Barossa in 1851 by the visionary Seppelt family. The estate was founded on the belief in the importance of providing a whole community with work, purpose and tenure for life. Today, the fully working heritage-listed winery is undergoing a renaissance. Seppeltsfield’s innovative 1888 Gravity Cellar and surrounding winery buildings have been painstakingly resorted into a modern day village. The Seppeltsfield property encompasses over 420 acres of ancient vineyard, gardens and heritage-listed architecture. A vibrant community of wine, food, craft, design and beauty awaits visitors, highlighted by a multi-award winning Cellar Door, FINO Restaurant, JamFactory Craft + Design studios and Vasse Virgin skin care. Seppeltsfield is most famed for the Centennial Collection - an irreplaceable and unbroken lineage of Tawny, every vintage from 1878 to current year. The estate remains the only winery in the world to release a 100 year old, single vintage wine each year. More recently, the recommissioning of the 1888 Gravity Cellar has revitalised the estate’s prowess with still wines. Super premium Barossa red varietals are once again passed through the Gravity Cellar, which enables gentle colour and tannin extraction - now a coveted modern day winemaking practice.

Specialities

Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Touriga, Nero d'Avola, Riesling, Vermentino.

Cellar Door

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The Seppeltsfield Cellar Door is located in the redeveloped 1900 Seppelt Bottling Hall, showcased in a world-class blend of historical and contemporary architecture. The Cellar Door allows for intimate wine tasting experiences through four separate circular tasting alcoves known as ‘PODS’, creating a unique setting and ambience during your visit. This is complemented with a VIP mezzanine lounge where private and luxury tastings are held.

Hours

10.30am - 5pm daily

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Food

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2014 witnessed the most significant architectural developments to the Seppeltsfield estate in 94 years, with the welcoming of FINO Seppeltsfield restaurant as a destination dining centrepiece. FINO's food philosophy places the ultimate importance on produce and its provenance, with a deep commitment to every customer's enjoyment and an authentic connection to the Barossa region, its culture and people. Described by Australian food critic John Lethlean as "..the best place in Australia for a long lunch..", FINO offers four architecturally inspired dining footprints including the majestic fire-side Dining Room, an enclosed garden-view Veranda, European-style garden Terrace and a stunning Cellar space carved from original Bluestone wine tanks - a popular venue for privately hosted events.

Cuisine

FINO's menus reflect the generous, sharing-style philosophy symbolic of (co-owner) Sharon Romeo’s rich Italian heritage and (co-owner) David Swain’s dedication to regionally-inspired seasonal produce. They believe passionately in the alchemy of sharing a beautiful meal, fostering the FINO ethos; Beautifully-crafted food and a thoughtful, finely-balanced wine list delivered with love and care.

Hours

Lunch Daily 12pm - 3pm | Dinner Friday & Saturday Evenings 6pm - 8.30pm

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Details

Seppeltsfield logo
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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