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Seppeltsfield Para Port Vintage Tawny (375ML half-bottle) 1908

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      Winemaker Notes

      Seppeltsfield's extraordinary vintage Para Port is released annually when it is 100 years old. Three 500-liter casks are produced (from a blend of Mataro, Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon), with two used for topping over the 100 year aging process, before the one remaining cask is bottled at age 100. According to the winery, over the course of 100 years, the Beaume peaks and then stabilizes when the wine reaches 50 to 70 years of age. The acidity also peaks and stabilizes at around age 50. At age 100, the balance between sugar, acid, and alcohol is considered ideal and the wine is ready to be bottled and sold. As best I can tell, the wine is timeless; the 1877 was incredibly intense and concentrated with no end in sight.

      Critical Acclaim

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      RP 100
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      The 1908 Para Port Vintage Tawny is an opaque brown/black color with aromas of fruit cake, dark chocolate, and burnt toffee that are still remarkably vibrant and room –filling. On the palate, it is viscous and weighty with a splendid balance of sweetness, acid, and alcohol. The rich flavors are complex as well as enhanced by a sense of elegance. The finish goes on and on and on. After doing the vertical tasting, any improvement with further cellaring (while possible) is not worth the wait. It is expensive but unique; how often do you get to drink history (the last year the Chicago Cubs won the World Series).
      JH 100
      Australian Wine Companion
      The colour is slightly less dense than that of the 1918, yet paints the glass so thoroughly it resists attempts to rinse it. It combines all the expected intensity with an unexpected degree of elegance. (Tasted on its own, elegance would likely be the last thing in your mind, but such is the comparative element of all mega-tastings of great wines.) An extra element of spice and cedar appears moments before the flavours surge across the palate, then emphatic rancio on a finish which knows no end.
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      Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
      1908 Para Port Vintage Tawny (375ML half-bottle)
      The Seppeltsfield vineyard is one of the largest and most historic in the Barossa Valley, having been initially planted in the 1850s. It comprises nearly 100 hectares of Barossa’s traditional grape varieties Shiraz and Grenache, with Cabernet Sauvignon ( more recently introduced ) and the traditional European fortified varieties of Touriga (for VP –‘vintage port” style) and Palomino (for the “sherry” styles). Some of the grapes from this vineyard are targeted at the very highest products from the Penfolds stable- Grange, St Henri and RWT Shiraz. A VIP (Vineyard Improvement Programme) is in place to ensure the very highest standard of fruit is produced for the next century or two!

      Barossa Valley

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      Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here—in the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to 140+ year old Shiraz vines.

      The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes where they may benefit from cool breezes, particularly in the Eden Valley.

      NUISEPCEN08137U_1908 Item# 125286

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