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This wine forms part of Seppelt’s prized Drumborg Vineyard Range, sourced from the mature, cool-climate Seppelt Drumborg Vineyard in South-West Victoria’s Henty Region. Planted in 1964 by Karl Seppelt and swept by icy Winds from the Southern Ocean, it is one of the Southern-most vineyards of mainland Australia.
Pinot Meunier was planted at Drumborg in 1966 to be used as a component of Premium Sparkling Wine, however it can produce very interesting and delicious dry table wines reminiscent of Pinot Noir. Seppelt Drumborg Vineyard Pinot Meunier is a unique example of this variety and is amongst only a handful of wines made in this fashion in Australia.
“Destemmed into small open fermenters plus some whole bunches, 8 days on skins, matured in French barriques (15% new) for 9 months, includes 10% pinot noir. Brilliantly clear colour; an entrancing bouquet of red fruits and spices, the slightly savoury palate building complexity. A [near?] perfect meunier.”
Andrew Caillard MW
Light crimson. Fragrant pure strawberry, red cherry, redcurrant aromas with camomile, herb garden notes. Silky smooth wine with pure strawberry red cherry fruits, fine slinky textures and underlying ginger, vanilla oak. Finishes soft and lacy with persistent mineral acidity. Light in colour but very expressive early drinking style with plentiful red fruits, mid-palate viscosity and surprising density.
The perfect exemplar of the unique personality of meunier, there is a soft, supple approachability to this wine, even at low alcohol from the cool Drumborg vineyard. It's brimming with spice, fruit cake and plump poached strawberries, with very soft acidity and virtually no tannin to speak of.
The perfumed nose shows complex aromas of strawberry, redcurrants and sweet spice combined with gunflint notes.
On the palate flavours of redcurrants and spiced cherries combine with velvety tannins and subtle, well integrated oak. A fine example of this complex, elegant variety.
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Henty is one of the coolest wine regions of Australia but is protected by a maritime influence. Famed for being the home of cool climate viticulture and the iconic Drumborg vineyard, Henty is renowned for its Rieslings, Chardonnays and Sparklings.
A cool winter with good early rainfall was followed by warm, dry spring conditions, resulting in excellent fruit set. Summer temperatures were average to warm, with persistent fine conditions and little rain, resulting in above-average yields and exceptional quality.
As a Hospitality Manager at Melbourne’s Hilton Hotel, Adam’s affinity for the wine industry became so apparent that he enrolled in a Bachelor of Wine Science degree at Charles Sturt University, graduating in 2003. In 2001 he was appointed Assistant Winemaker at Yering Station in the Yarra Valley where he remained for five years, gaining vintage experience in Burgundy in-between. Then in 2007 he moved to Margaret River to be a Winemaker at Xanadu Wines for a further five years. These days Adam proudly dons two winemaking hats, creating outstanding cool climate wines from across Victoria: in 2011 he commenced as Seppelt Winemaker and in 2016 added the responsibilities of being Winemaker for T’Gallant. He relishes the challenge of being in charge of two great Australian wine producers – Seppelt with its 165 year history and focus on cool climate sparkling, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Riesling from the Grampians, Heathcote and Henty regions; and the more eccentric T’Gallant, pioneers of Pinot Grigio and Gris in Australia based in the Mornington Peninsula.