Saturday, July 11, 2009


 - Henty, VIC
 - $19-$30
 - Screwcap
 - 13.0%alc

Seppelt is rightfully recognised as a red, or perhaps even a sparkling wine specialist; however, this iconic Victorian producer has upped the ante on our white industry in a big way. Their cool climate Drumborg vineyard in south-west Victoria's Henty region now produces one of Australia's finest, mineral rieslings and pinot gris, as well as one of our most under valued, fresh yet complex chardonnays in the Jaluka.

Laden with aromas of nutty oak, the 2007 Jaluka reveals a light fragrance of grapefruit and nectarine fruits overlying smooth, buttery tones. Beautifully soft and creamy upon entry, its wonderfully restrained nutty French oak extract caresses its gentle, cool climate chardonnay fruit flavours, delivering both refinement and style. Building with focus in a savoury fashion, it works its way into a clean, moderately long finish punctuated by lingering notes of refreshing lemon citrus and soft acidity.

üA first rate, modern Australian chardonnay in an unashamedly cool climate style. Drink to 2012.
94 points


  1. Just had a bottle of the 2007 with some yamba prawns...Yep it doesn't get much better.

  2. Ok, So i tasted this wine in a line up from other Fosters wines. It wss a clear standout in a group that had some aged Coonawarra wines and imports. It showed just how far Australian chardonnay has coem in terms of elegance and structure and presence in texture on the palate. A clearly good wwine with potential aspirations of handling 5-10 years in the cellar.

  3. Cheers for the feedback. It's great to hear there are people out there with the same belief in Australian chardonnay as I have. Totally agree with you about the stylistic advancements as well. These are exciting times for lovers of cool-climate Australian chardonnay!

    Thanks very much,
    Chris P