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 2018 vintage of this wine is a fine, elegant expression of Pinot Noir with an intense perfumed nose and complex, layered palate.
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2026|
|96 points||James Halliday|
|95 points||Andrew Caillard MW|
|93 points||Tyson Stelzer|
“Hand-picked, 90% destemmed into small open fermenters, 10% whole bunches, the 7-10 day ferment finished in French barriques and puncheons (30% new), matured for 9 months. This is serious pinot noir, with satsuma plum and sour cherry flavours on the long, textured and very classy palate. Great now, better still 10-20 years hence.”
Andrew Caillard MW
Medium crimson. Intense strawberry black cherry sage chinotto aromas with vanilla, grilled nut complexity. Well concentrated strawberry black cherry fruits, fine looseknit chalky tannins, lovely Negroni-like viscosity, underlying vanilla oak notes and integrated long fresh acidity. Finishes with plentiful red fruits and a long lacy plume. An elegant style with attractive varietal definition, richness and buoyancy.
To appreciate the distinction between pinot noir and meunier (pertinent in champagne!) line this wine up next to the Munier from the same vineyard. There is more tension of vibrant acidity here, more structure of finely coiled tannins, more fragrance of violets, deeper black fruits and ultimately more drive, persistence and endurance. A great vintage for Drumborg.
The perfumed nose shows complex aromas of cherry and redcurrants combined with toasty oak and spicy, gamey characters.
The vibrant palate shows sour cherry fruit and savoury notes combined with fine tannins and a backbone of toasty French oak. This is a complex, layered wine with power and finesse.
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.