Impressive wine that is unmistakably Shiraz. Lovely, ripe and powerful. Lovely lift of perfume. Dry palate with a core of dark fruits. Complex and satisfying.
Seppelt’s history is closely linked with the Great Western region of Victoria. Founded in 1851 their wines are often some of the best in Victoria. Great Western certainly favours reds which Seppelt exploits to their advantage. Their top wines: St Peter’s Shiraz, Show Sparkling Shiraz, Drumborg Riesling and more are often considered the best in their style for the whole country.
The first Sparkling Shiraz appeared here in the 1890s. This wine has been made using the Traditional Method and has spent 8 years on lees. It is young, fragrant and powerful. It is just a baby and will last for longer than your patience and curiosity will allow, especially as it is under crown seal not cork (hurrah!). It will develop a lot more earthy, savoury, mushroom, undergrowth notes with time and fill out in the mouth too. If you’ve never found yourself enjoying a bottle of great Sparkling Shiraz I suggest you buy two. One for now and one for 10 years (15 would be better though).
Shiraz/Syrah – A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.