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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.
This Drumborg Pinot Noir is made from the best parcels of fruit from the stunning 2016 vintage and expresses the personality of this unique vineyard.
"Bright, clear colour; the bouquet is fragrant and true to the variety. An elegant palate, once again with red cherry varietal fruit, oak in support, no more; good length and balance."
"Overall the wine gets about 25% whole bunch in the ferment. The batch is 100% whole bunch at the early stage though, blended back in. It’s under 30% new French oak overall, and barrels used are in a mix of sizes. Winemaker Adam Carnaby likes that flavour comes in at low beaume from the site, with 2016 arriving in optimal condition of flavour balance, though perhaps in a more understated style.
Lots of lavish character yet also feels quite ‘quiet’ as a wine. Spicy oak draped on ripe cherries, pomegranate, plums and raspberry. Flood of flavour in the palate, washes with red fruits, peppery spice, clove-y oak. Touch of leafiness in the mix of personality, finishes a little dilute but the general feel is seductive. Nicely done."
The complex, perfumed nose shows aromas of dark cherry, spice and complex charcuterie notes.
Flavours of sour cherries and redcurrants are combined with textural elements and fine, layered tannins with a backbone spicy well-integrated French oak.
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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, 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.