Seppeltsfield, one of the most illustrious names in the Australian landscape, is our next guest at East End Cellars for our Featured Winery of the Week. Henry Slattery, one of the winemakers from the historic Barossa winery, will be in store as our guide through their exciting list of wines both traditional and modern.
Seppeltsfield has an unparalleled legacy of fortified production that goes back 171 years. Their pioneering winemaking style is guided today by an experienced and credentialed winemaking team that includes Fiona Donald, Charlie Seppelt and Matt Pick amongst its rank. They boast access to some of the best vineyards in the Barossa and an enviable nursery of reserve wines from which to craft their epic fortified program. We’ll be pouring the Seppeltsfield 21 Year Old Para Tawny 2001 on Friday and Saturday evenings that captures the Seppeltsfield heritage perfectly.
However, innovation is never far from the picture either. Seppeltsfield has an emerging still wine portfolio that marks a revitalisation of their traditional winemaking and an exciting new chapter for the Barossa. In the Seppeltsfield cellar built in 1888, gravity, rather than the modern convenience of pumps and hoses, still adds a special dynamic to winemaking. You’ll also find a nod to tradition in the varieties that Seppeltsfield chooses to make into still wines: Grenache, once the workhorse of tawny production, sees a more modern interpretation in the Rose. Likewise, Shiraz with the Easting and Westing that serve to advocate sub-regionality within the Barossa. Meanwhile, a carefully considered blend of Tinta Amarela, Tinta Cao and Touriga wouldn’t be uncommon in the Douro Valley, but finds a new lease on life here in Australia.
On pour this week are:
Seppeltsfield Barossa Grenache Rose 2021
Seppeltsfield No. EC3 Barossa Tinta Cao/Tinta Armarela/Touriga 2020
Seppeltsfield The Easting Barossa Shiraz 2019
Seppeltsfield The Westing Barossa Shiraz 2019
Seppeltsfield 21 Year Old Para Tawny 2001
Come join us in store this week to discover more about the Seppeltsfield story. Tastings run 5–7 pm Friday and 4–6 pm Saturday!