Seppelt St Peters Shiraz 1999

Seppelt’s St Peters Shiraz from Great Western is a classic Australian cool climate shiraz, and you can read tasting notes back to 1984 on their website.  1999 as a vintage in the Grampians region was very solid for shiraz, with a warm and dry summer and a cool autumn.

Tasted in 2012, the wine had a medium intensity brick like colour.  Matured in French oak, its aroma supported its cooler climate origins – pepper, green peppercorns, plums, black cherry, spice, Christmas cake, and a touch of grass.  It was relatively muted in terms of intensity of aromatic expression.  On the palate, the wine was very good without hitting the ball out of the park – medium length, tannins and acid supported the plum and pepper flavours well.  On this tasting, I would suggest the wine is ready to drink now.  89 points (very good)

Abv: 14%
Price: up to $70
Vendors: Boccaccio cellars look to have it in stock
Tasted: April 2012

Published by Sean Mitchell is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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