In 1890, Hans Irvine (who purchased the Best’s vineyards after Joseph Best’s passing), employed Frenchman Charles Pierlot from Champagne to craft some of Australia’s first Méthode Traditionelle wines. Seppelt’s flagship sparkling white wine now bears the name of Pierlot’s wife, Ellena Salinger. Traditional assemblage of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. 48 months on lees before disgorgement. Winemaker is now Clare Dry.
Seppelt, Vintage, Sparkling, Great Western, 2017
Oh my goodness. Bright and lifted, yet soft while maintaining intensity. Rich citrus and custardy sulfites with nutty, flinty and mealy savoury edges. Brioche and bready autolytic depth. The palate sublime. Youthful and classy. Focused acid drive with delicate filigreed mousse and a dry, saline finish. Excellent.
Rating: 19/20 (96/100)
Wine tasted at Treasury Premium Brands 2022 Portfolio tasting, at which I was a guest.