Seppelt Harpers Range Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
Colour: Medium brick red.
Nose: The bouquet shows attractive ripe plum cherry fruit characters with underlying eucalyptus, mint and aniseed. Ripe cabernet characters are well integrated with toasty, cedary French oak.
Palate: The palate is medium bodied in style with fine tannin structure and length. Concentrated plummy fruit characters make it a mouthfilling wine with hints of leather and aniseed. This is a wine with excellent depth and flavour.
Serving and Cellaring Suggestions: This wine is an ideal choice with rare beef or games dishes. The softness and flavour make it enjoyable drinking now, but it also has the structure and balance to develop into a classic, mature cabernet given careful, medium term cellaring.
Long known for its pioneering spirit , Seppelt has developed several previously untrialed vineyard areas around Australia. With much research into the topography, soils and microclimates of these regions Seppelt is able to gain greater insight into the final fruit quality and varietal characters that are borne. The company grows a high proportion of its own grapes and has a sizeable commitment to vineyards. Seppelt pioneered southern grape growing such as Padthaway and Drumborg twenty years before the term 'cool-climate' became fashionable, and was an early proponent of Chardonnay.
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About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia – A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia – This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale
, Clare Valley
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
is best known for theYarra Valley
. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River
at the southern tip.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.