Photos: Pete Thornton.
We all love espresso martinis, and we love and wine––and now they’re being served together in an unexpected combination!
Seppeltsfield has partnered with Tasting Australia for the first time this year, and they’ve announced the epic concoction to celebrate their collaboration.
The classic cocktail with a twist is a traditional espresso martini mixed with Seppeltsfield’s house style fortified wine, Para Grand Tawny (with an average age of 10 years old). Fittingly remixed as an ‘Espresso Martawny,’ this bootleg cocktail takes the bittersweet flavours to a new level of complexity.
Nigel Thiele, Seppeltsfield’s brand ambassador, says the cocktail is reimagining an old favourite.
“We are inspiring a fortified renaissance by serving traditional wines, such as our Para Grand Tawny, in a modern and contemporary way – what’s old is new again,” he says.
“Our Espresso Martawny is characterised by its luscious texture, with flavours of roasted nut praline, brandied raisins and crème brulee.”
The heart and soul of the Seppeltsfield fortified range is the Para Tawny Collection, which is inspired by a combination of Shiraz, Grenache and Mouvedre (red) grapes, and a brandy spirit, which is added during fermentation. The wine ages in old oak barrels, where it slowly evaporates and oxidises, and it eventually turns into a beautiful mahogany-amber colour, tawny.
The team at Seppeltsfield and destination restaurant on the estate, FINO, have worked in collaboration to reimagine this concoction.
Sharon Romeo, FINO’s proprietor at Seppeltsfield, adds that the flavour is amazing.
“The Para Grand Tawny perfectly complements the hedonistic aromas and flavours of our quality, fresh brewed espresso. Along with flavour complexity, the viscosity of the Grand Tawny also assists the espresso crema form neatly on top of the glass, even after vigorous shaking,” she says.
The Seppeltsfield Espresso Martawny will be available at the East End Cellars Cocktail Bar, located in Town Square at Tasting Australia, presented by RAA Travel, throughout the duration of the festival (30 April – 9 May 2021). Espresso Martawny $20 per serving.
Seppeltsfield will also be hosting a “Dark and Delicious” Masterclass with fortified wines matched with Haigh’s chocolate, hosted by Executive Chairman and Proprietor Warren Randall and Haigh’s Head Chocolatier, Ben Kolly.
Find East End Cellars at 25 Vardon Ave.