Thursday, January 28, 2010

SEPPELT ST PETERS GRAMPIANS SHIRAZ 2007

- Grampians, VIC
- $55-$75
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

The St Peters is the crowning achievement in Seppelt's superlative portfolio of central and western Victorian shiraz. The present day value of this legendary wine is astounding (like most Seppelt wines really), especially considering the inflated prices of some its cross-state rivals whose fruit is drawn from vineyards with far less pedigree.

Presenting a dark, dense colour with magenta hues, Seppelt's 2007 St Peters is compellingly, deeply fragrant, unfolding to a simultaneously savoury and dark-fruited nose of blackcurrant, plum, mulberry, cocoa and fresh cedar/vanilla oak with a polite sniff of white pepper and an intriguing wafer biscuit-like aspect. Its deep aroma is character laden yet perhaps a little shy; it should open up with further bottle age. The seamless palate is concentrated and luscious yet velvety and supremely elegant, with a bright core of the savoury dark fruit/mulberry characters which so define the Grampians style. A harmonious interplay of fresh cedar/vanilla oak coats its inner core, building the wine into a long, dry and savoury finish firmly held by a silky tapestry of surprisingly sensuous tannins, exuding balance and style deep into the aftertaste.

ΓΌ+ From the very early, compressed 2007 vintage Seppelt has crafted a St Peters Shiraz of the highest calibre. Evenly ripened, savoury, sensuous and dark-fruited (but not very spicy); it's guaranteed to impress the (hopefully) growing army of Grampians shiraz lovers. Magnificent. Drink to 2023.
96 points


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