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.
Fermentation in small-batch open fermenters. Matured 14 months in small- and large-format French oak. Even in its youth, St. Peters brings a sense of poise and elegance. The '19 has an added degree of refinement, oak seems more measured than in the past, the fruit more composed. The vintage rates highly with winemakers in the region. Restrained aromas of earthy spice, plums, blackberries and a hint of bay leaf. Smooth and subtle in the mouth – it's early days – with depth. Drink to: 2033; Price: $80.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Jeni Port; James Halliday Wine Companion
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