Barossa Valley winery Seppeltsfield has marvelled Australia’s most influential wine commentator, James Halliday, with a cache of chart-topping wine reviews featuring in the critique’s latest 2015 Wine Companion book release.
Topping the list of over 10,000 wines reviewed in the 2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion was a 100/100 point ‘perfect’ rating of the Seppeltsfield 1914 100 Year Old Para Tawny.
The coveted score extends the trend to 8 vintages in a row of the fortified Tawny being awarded perfect honours – the only Australian wine to ever be awarded the rating by Mr Halliday.
The perfect score cemented the 1914 Para 100 Year Old Tawny as the 2015 James Halliday Wine Companion Fortified Wine of the Year, announced this week in Melbourne.
The 100/100 point review continues a coming of age for the Para 100 Year Old Tawny, for the first time this year also being included in the top billing ‘Outstanding’ category of the Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine VI – a compilation of Australia’s most revered wines.
Mr Halliday described the 1914 bottling of the precious elixir as “glass-staining” and “an implosion of flavour in the mouth”. The wine, Australia’s most expensive by volume at $1500 for 375ml, no doubt continuing to impress the wine critique’s internationally experienced palate.
Adding to Seppeltsfield’s mounting reputation as a treasure trove of collectable wines, the estate was also honoured with an additional five wines of 97 points or above, including three of the recently released ‘Paramount Collection’ at 99/100.
Whilst one point shy off of perfect score, the Paramount Collection bottlings, which include Tokay, Muscat and Apera (nee Sherry), have further added to the estate’s reverence as a rare and collectable fortified specialist.
Seppeltsfield Managing Director, Warren Randall, says the estate has been fortunate enough to recently reveal some of its previously guarded fortified treasures.
“Over the last couple of years, we have unveiled some of the estate’s hidden master pieces.
“Whilst limitations in quantity will ultimately determine prices and ongoing availability, they should be shared with the world,” he added.
Earlier this year, Seppeltsfield released 100 sets of Seppeltsfield Para Tawny from its ‘Centennial Collection’ reserve, to commemorate the years of the First World War.
Containing 100ml bottles of 1914 – 1918 vintages and a specially cast medallion from the Royal Australian Mint, the sets will enable a donation of proceeds back to the Australian War Memorial.
A collaboration with Seppeltsfield and fine French crystal house, Lalique, is also currently in development, with more details to be released later this year.