I read this article about it being the 150th anniversary of Seppelt and the 50th release of the iconic St Peters shiraz which provided me incentive to see how the 2006 vintage had developed in bottle. Seppelt is located in Great Western country VIC in the heart of the Grampians, about a 3 hour drive North West of Melbourne. Previously, Treasury Wine Estates announced they were ceasing operations prompting a furore of dissenting and disapproving voices. Besides the St Peters shiraz, the Drumborg chardonnay was also under threat. As were the heritage-listed 3km long network of underground cellar tunnels which make a great touristic stop. Luckily, a local businessman saved the cellar door which will remain open despite wine productions being relocated to the Barossa Valley.
I have to admit that this has never been a regular addition to my stash. I’ve never been particularly captivated by this style of shiraz, although I was really into Barossa Valley shiraz a decade ago. And the St Peters has never been hot property off the shelves, it is well-known within VIC circles but has never transformed into a solid buy. Its premium price tag of $60 was quite a turn off back then, and is doing no favours now. Nonetheless, the longevity of the wine is historically proven. A testament to the vineyard, the Grampians micro-climate and excellent winemaking.
Clear dark purple colour, the perfume is notably toned down. Attractive aromas of spice, old black pepper, black cherries, dark berries. Gone is the alcohol and any abrasive mish-mash. Medium+ bodied wine, lovely silky smooth texture, vibrant acidity still present. The tannin is well-eased into the background now but remain sufficient to provide a well-rounded structure to the drink. Rich dark berry flavours, sweet spice. But there is that core of excitement or personality that I think is absent. A very nice drink given the age. Drink now. 92. I had it with fried braised pig trotters, yum.