The Barossa is an amazing place with a diverse history from which a great community has grown living off the Fat of the Land. Famed for its Shiraz vineyards, some dating back to the 19th century, the wines from this small, but proud region are as unique and divergent as its history and community. One can make such varied expressions of Shiraz, due to the different meso-climates of district, the elevation range, and the myriad of soil types that are to be found throughout the Barossa. The Fat of the Land series seeks to showcase the districts of the Barossa, and the contrasting styles of Shiraz that can be made here.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Not surprisingly the colour is impenetrable and the lashings of black fruits also display an alluring scent of vine sap complexity; the palate is full blooded, yet shows refinement and integration of tannins, fruit and oak, with a staggeringly long, bright acid finish; the most complete of the triumvirate in '10; whilst impressive, remains light on its feet. Rating 95 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
The 2010 vintage has shown more restrained versions of First Drop’s ‘super premium’ wines, but the boldest of the Fat Of The Land wines seems to be the Seppeltsfield from 2010. Spends 24 months in 50% new French oak. From a single vineyard. I reiterate, these wines seem to have an uncanny knack of showing more elegantly, seamlessly, somewhat lighter than their aroma and constitution suggests. Perhaps the weighty bottles come with a gravitas too.
Smells as if dense and super-charged; rich, dark cherry, then black currant, licorice, mocha, pencil shavings. Complex bouquet. It’s taut and concentrated in texture, framed with cedary oak, sinewy yet thick across the palate and finishes with trim, dusty tannins and a lick of fruit sweetness. It’s tough and powerful, but unwinds in the glass with time – a wine of layered, compact structure and etched framework of wood. This feels smart and serious, though at the bigger end of the spectrum – again, there’s an effortlessness in tow. Rating 93 - Mike Bennie, Wine
Very deep, dark red/purple colour. Dense and chocolaty, deep plum aromas plus black berry and dark chocolate. Laced with char oak. Full-bodied and dense, concentrated, tannic and powerful. A gutsy, dense, oaky wine, but it manages to maintain its balance. Rating 92 - Huon Hooke, Huonhook.com (JUL/2013)
Dark purple. Aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, licorice and dark chocolate. Deeply pitched blackberry and blueberry flavors and sexy floral pastille and vanilla accents. Plush and seamless on the finish, which features smoke and cherry compote nuances. This open-knit wine should be enjoyable on the young side. Rating 91, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar online
Winery Tasting Notes
A muscular brooding expression of Barossa Shiraz, it’s flavour packed with kirsch, dark chocolate and liquorice. This wine has been matured in 50% new French oak hogsheads for 24 months to further enhance its inherent structure.
Built for aging not for speed, have another look at this sleeper in 10 to 15 years time.