Released in small quantities and only in exceptional years, St. Peters is Seppelt’s flagship Shiraz, testimony to the distinctive style and pedigree of Grampians Shiraz. The lineage of this iconic wine dates back to 1964, when ‘Great Western Hermitage’, as it was then known, was first made. Since 1998 this wine has been called St. Peters in honour of the first vineyard planted in the region.
Today St. Peters is sourced from the finest and most intense fruit from the best blocks of the Great Western Vineyard. In vintage 2017, this included select parcels of fruit from the Imperial and Arrawatta blocks and is a powerful, seductive expression of Shiraz from the Great Western region. With extraordinary cellaring potential of 50 years or more, this wine is classified ‘outstanding’ by Langton’s in its classification of Australian Wine VI.
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2050|
|97 points||Andrew Caillard MW|
|97 points||Tyson Stelzer|
|97 points||James Halliday|
Andrew Caillard MW
Medium deep crimson. Beautifully intense and pure black cherry, black berry, mulberry star anise, hint black pepper aromas with underlying savoury notes. An inky deep palate with supple black cherry, blackberry fruits, animated fine chalky tannins, and roasted chestnut, ginger, vanilla oak notes. Finishes gravelly firm with persistent juicy fruits and fresh linear acidity. Still in elemental phase but generous and claret-like with superb richness, density and torque. Should develop very well. A classic central-Victorian Shiraz.
It's not its commanding, black power that sets this apart as a grand expression of St Peters, nor its seductive, fragrant, five spice and pepper-laden personality, nor even the effortless, supple, silky tannins of these fabled old vines, but rather the consummate and seamless manner in which it effortlessly unites these three universes to monumental effect. World class.
Some, if not all, of this wine comes from the vineyard adjacent to the winery. Small batch open ferments facilitated gentle plunging, matured for 14 months in a combination of small and large format French oak. The vintage wasn't a great one, but the wine is.
The complex, perfumed nose shows aromas of blueberries and redcurrants laced with sweet spice, violets and charcuterie notes.
The medium-bodied palate shows sweet mulberry fruit and spice combined with savoury elements and graphite-like mineral characters over a subtle toasty oak background. This is a powerful, seductive wine of great finesse.
Viticulture dates back to the 1850s Victorian gold rush in the cool and dry Grampians. The golden nugget of this stunning terroir is delicate yet intensely flavoured Shiraz with compelling fragrance and spice.
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.