A trifecta of winning results at the recent Barossa and Marananga wine shows and South Australian wine of the year awards is a triumph for Warren Randall and his team. The accolades build upon the phenomenal success of the first table wine collection from the landmark estate since it’s establishment in 1851.
The latest round of awards kicked off with the trophy for best shiraz dominant blend at Barossa Wine Show for 2011 Seppeltsfield Shiraz Touriga Grenache. The innovative Australian blend is a study of French and Portuguese varieties on Barossan soil. It is a vibrant, medium bodied style with bright fruit, exotic wild raspberry flavor and spice. 2010 Seppeltsfield Lagrein was also honoured with the trophy for best dry red, other varieties and blends. Proving unbeatable on home ground, the Lagrein award means Seppeltsfield now boasts a trophy for every red table wine from their debut 2010 vintage release. Seppeltsfield Lagrein is a deep and brooding study of the traditional Italian variety. The richly characterful Barossa Valley style shows heady violet fragrance, sumptuous inky fruit and soft, svelte texture.
Just a heartbeat away at the 2012 Marananga wine show, the 2010 Seppeltsfield Shiraz Grenache Carignan was awarded back to back trophies for best dry red blend / other red varietal of show for the second year in a row. The elegant, dark fruited red is co-fermented to reveal fleshy blackberry character woven with fine tannin structure and spice. Marananga is Australia’s only sub-regional wine show and provides a detailed exploration of the wine and terroir of North Western Barossa.
Seppeltsfield table wines draw on beautiful old, dry grown Barossa vineyards. Low cropping Shiraz, concentrated bush vine Grenache and Touriga are longstanding varieties on the estate. They are crafted by hand in traditional open top fermenters in Benno Seppelt’s restored 1888 Gravity Flow Winery. Built into the hillside on a series of terraces, the visionary winery is a showcase for minimal intervention. Nature takes its course under the guiding hands of senior winemaker Fiona Donald to reveal thrilling aromatics and purity of fruit with gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin.
Seppeltsfield remain masters of fortified styles that continue to prove their mettle, topping the fortified classes in both Barossa and Marananga shows to win trophies for best fortified wine of show with Seppeltsfield 1981 Para Liqueur Tawny and Seppeltsfield Solero DP117 Pale Dry Flor respectively. Not to be outshone, the newly released 1991 Para 21YO Vintage Tawny was judged best fortified wine by some of the state’s most discerning palates at the prestigious 25th South Australian Wine of the Year Awards.
2012 Barossa winemaker of the year, Fiona Donald was honoured to accept the awards, saying they shone a light on a new era for the estate.
“This recognition reinforces the longstanding pedigree of luxury Seppeltsfield fortifieds and demonstrates our commitment to embracing a new path for fine table wine,” said Donald.
Crafted in limited quantities, Seppeltsfield table and fortified wines are available from cellar door at the historic Seppeltsfield village and online via seppeltsfield.com.au.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
36th Barossa Wine Show
Trophy best shiraz dominant blend: 2011 Seppeltsfield Shiraz Touriga Grenache Trophy best dry red, other varieties & blends: 2010 Seppeltsfield Lagrein Trophy best fortified wine: Seppeltsfield 1981 Para Liqueur Tawny
2012 Marananga Wine Show
Trophy best dry red blend / other red varietal: 2010 Seppeltsfield Shiraz Grenache Carignan Trophy best fortified wine of show: Seppeltsfield Solero DP117 Pale Dry Flor
25th South Australian Wine of the Year Awards
Trophy best fortified wine of show: Seppeltsfield 1991 Para 21YO Vintage Tawny
SEPPELTSFIELD TABLE WINE RANGE
2011 Seppeltsfield Eden Valley Riesling $22
2011 Seppeltsfield Estate Rose $17
2011 Seppeltsfield Late Harvest $17
2010 Seppeltsfield Grenache Shiraz Touriga $35
2010 Seppeltsfield Shiraz Grenache Carignan $35
2010 Seppeltsfield Barossa Lagrein $35
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