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.
Seppelt Drumborg Vineyard Pinot Noir is an expression of purity and balance. Select parcels of Pinot Noir are chosen for their intensity of flavor and structure. Traditional winemaking techniques are used, followed by maturation in a combination of French oak barriques and puncheons. The 2017 vintage of this wine is a fine, elegant expression of Pinot Noir with an intense perfumed nose and complex, layered palate.
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2027|
|96 points||James Halliday|
|93 points||Campbell Mattinson|
|91 points||Huon Hooke|
|Trophy||2018 Perth Royal Wine Show|
|Gold||2018 Perth Royal Wine Show|
|Gold||2018 Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show|
|Gold||2018 Adelaide Wine Show|
|Gold||2018 Melbourne Wine Awards|
|Gold||2018 Melbourne Wine Show|
"Hand-picked, open-fermented with 30% whole bunches, matured for 8 months in French oak (30% new). 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."
"I can’t recall a Drumborg pinot noir that I just wanted to hook into and drink, in its youth, quite like this 2017. It’s always a distinctive pinot noir. The lean towards boysenberry, the mouthwatering acidity, the combination of lightness and power, or perhaps surliness is the better word. It’s an enigma-in-a-riddle style, usually, where forward-fragrant-fruit isn’t the be all and end all. This 2017 release though does have aroma and does have straight up appeal. It’s more carefree than usual. It’s quite delicious drinking. Silken too."
"Medium purple/red colour. Appealing ripe cherry aromas, with a trace of green stems overlying it all. The wine is light to medium-bodied and stemmy/savoury, with good depth and interest. Fresh acidity. A wine of potential. It's just a wee bit clinical."
The complex, perfumed nose shows aromas of spiced cherry, toasty oak and complex charcuterie notes.
Flavours of sour cherries and redcurrants combine with textural elements and fine, layered tannins with a backbone of spicy well-integrated French oak.
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 wet winter with above average rainfall was followed by cool, dry spring conditions, resulting in good fruit set and lower than average yields. Summer temperatures were cool with little rain, resulting in a long growing season 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.