Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz
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- This has been the 'go to' sparkling shiraz for many years, and it still leads the way today. Smells of dark cherries, raspberries and mocha glide out of the glass, meanwhile the palate is fuller-bodied and fleshy, with plum and cherry flavours, a lick of soft pepper spices, appealing touches of savouriness, soft tannins, a nice dollop of sweetness, and a smooth, bright finish. It's one you drink sooner rather than later, and would be great with some duck liver pate. 80
During 160 years of winemaking, Seppelt has built a reputation of innovation
and unswerving dedication to quality. The Seppelt philosophy involves
harnessing the strengths of each viticultural region to create varietally and
regionally expressive wines of great character.
Seppelt has had more experience with this unique Australian wine style than any other winemaker. Although there are no precise records, it appears the winery was experimenting with sparkling red wines as far back as the 1890s.
Appearance: Deep red with crimson hues.
Nose: The nose shows dark fruits, fresh red berries and chocolate.
Palate: Vibrant and bright dark fruits and fresh fig with a fine sparkling bead. Flesh tannin and integrated oak gives the wine density and structure. Drinking well now while fresh and bright but can benefit from short term cellaring.
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:“
Stylish and elegant, this vibrant sparking red has the structure, length and balance to age well. Scented with smoky, meaty and floral scents of blackberries, briar, violets and cassis, it?s laced with suggestions of white pepper, cinnamon and dark chocolate. Underpinned by pliant dusty tannins, its pristine, pastille-like expression of blackberry, blueberry and dark plum flavours reveals nuances of mint and musk, finishing with focus and an invigorating acidity.
Best Drinking: 2022-2030The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition92
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:“
The finest expression of this label for more than a decade has a deeply spiced bouquet of small black and red berries and underbrush backed by dried herbal notes and suggestions of game meats. It's long, supple and finegrained in a typically savoury Victorian style, bursting with small, slightly sour-edged berry flavours and supported by a fine, chalky undercarriage. It finishes with exemplary length, balance and freshness.
Best Drinking: 2015-2019+The Australian Wine Annual 201394
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
Deep colour; has better balance and deeper, spicier black fruits than the Silverband; the palate is very long and balanced, and there is no reason why this shouldn't go on developing for years.Australian Wine Companion 2012 201194
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:“
Elegant and true to its traditional style, this savoury, meaty red is packed with spice and brambly fruit. Scented with a perfume of violets, dark cherries, blackberries and blueberries backed by suggestions of chocolate and leather, it's medium to full in weight, long, smooth and freshly effervescent. Supported by a tightly integrated spine of fine, dusty tannins, it finishes with a pleasing balance between sweetness, texture and acidity.The Australian Wine Annual 201292
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:“
A flavoursome, vibrant early-drinking shiraz that might surprise if given time in the bottle. Punchy summer pudding aromas of small berries and plums are backed by suggestions of violets, white pepper and spice, plus a hint of vanilla oak. Black and briary, its mouthfilling berry and plum flavours and lively effervescence overlie a moderately firm and powdery extract, finishing with lingering blueberry like fruit.Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:“
Strong colour and mousse; complex spicy black fruit aromas are precisely reflected on the palate, which is neither oaky nor praise be, sweetAustralian Wine Companion 2010 200992
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:“
Full of flavour; vibrant spicy shiraz black fruits and spice; good balance and length.Australian Wine Companion 2006 200591
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says:“
Lacking the customary lees-derived maturity of many Seppelt sparkling reds, this is more like a carbonated shiraz, albeit a flavoursome and elegant one Its lightly earthy, spicy aromas of white pepper and cloves, dark red and black berries, cassis and plums reveal light cedary oak, undergrowth and violet like fragrances. There's plenty of generous primary fruit on the palate, which remains long and fine before a lingering savoury finish.Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says:“
Classic licorice, boot polish, blackberry and spice flavours; undoubtedly the best in its price range.Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:“
Medium to full red, with strong and persistent mousse. The bouquet is surprisingly rich, with volumes of black cherry and anise; the palate has quite massive flavour, the typically high dosage intended to cover the tannins, and partially succeeding. Worthy of very extended cellaring; these wines do improve on cork.Australian Wine Companion 2004 200391
James Halliday (1993 Vintage) says:“
Medium to full red-purple; strong earthy varietal fruit, with hints of liquorice are followed by liquorice, earth and berry fruit flavours on the palate. Do not be the least bit hesitant to cellar this wine for a long time.Australian Wine Companion 1999 199890