Made only in exceptional vintages, the 2008 Seppelt Show Sparkling Shiraz celebrates the long history and tradition of Seppelt Sparkling wines and pays homage to this unique Australian wine style.
Varietal: Shiraz 100%
Origin: Grampians, Victoria
Winemaking: Whole berry fermentation in small stainless tanks with gentle handling followed by 14 months maturation in seasoned French oak vat (5000L). Produced by the Methode Traditionelle this wine has had 8 years aging in bottle on lees followed by individual bottle disgorgement.
Ageing: Aged in bottle on lees for a minimum of seven years then disgorged at exactly the right maturity, this wine is ready to drink now and will reward with further careful cellaring.
Tasting note: Rich, bright fruit belie its age, displaying blackberry, dark cherry and raspberry compote. Some complex crushed leaves and chocolate flavours reveal sweet spices, and fine, mature tannins provide a distinction and balance that show us it was worth the wait.
Vintage: Good winter rainfall was followed by cool, dry spring conditions and excellent fruit set resulting in above-average cops levels. Summer temperatures were moderate until a heat wave in early March where earlier-picked fruit for Sparkling Shiraz was harvested in optimum condition.
James Halliday – 96 points
"From the Great Western Vineyard, (Bass and Arrawatta blocks), whole berry fermentation, powdery tannins in the base wine, 7+ years on lees following secondary fermentation. The liqueur d'expedition has provided 21g/l of residual sugar, at the bottom end of the scale. Shiraz shines in this wine."
Huon Hooke – 96 points
"Very deep, dark red colour with a tinge of purple remaining. The bouquet is very deep and earthy and mysterious, with notes of ironstone, black licorice and fresh-turned earth. These flavours re-appear in the mouth with dominant blackberry fruit and subtle fungal, earth notes as well as licorice and mixed spices. A twinge of VA (volatile acidity) doesn't concern me. It's full-bodied and powerful, in impeccable condition at 11 years old, with many more in front of it. The tannins and sweetness are perfectly balanced. A glorious wine."
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