Clare Dry’s first year release

June 9, 2022
By Ioni Doherty

Seppelt’s Senior Winemaker Clare Dry has released the 2022 Seppelt Luxury Collection, many of which were crafted during her first year at the helm of the winery.

The collection of eight wines sourced from across Victoria’s Grampians, Heathcote and Henty regions.

Released annually, the Collection is led by the 2020 St Peters Grampians Shiraz, sourced from the finest and most intense fruit from the Great Western Vineyard, with superb ageing potential. Six wines follow from the 2021 vintage, including four from Seppelt’s Drumborg Vineyard, one of the southernmost vineyards in mainland Australia. The Collection is completed by the new release of Salinger Vintage Cuvée.

“Each of the wines from this year’s Collection has a story to tell, from the elegance of St Peters to the ethereal Drumborg reds, the release is a showcase of our vineyards, viticulture and winemaking,” says Ms Dry.

“The Drumborg wines, in particular, were a thrill to make, courtesy of a sensational vintage in 2021. Fruit was picked at optimum conditions, delivering parcels that were incredibly flavoursome, balanced and pure. The Chardonnay is a real pride point as I’ve reworked the style significantly, creating a delicate wine which I believe captures the purity and intensity of the Drumborg site.”

The release also includes the 2021 Chalambar Grampians & Heathcote Shiraz and 2021 Jaluka Henty Chardonnay, wines which Ms Dry says are complex yet refined.

Rounding out the Collection is the 2017 release of Salinger Vintage Cuvée, a wine crafted in the traditional method, and spending four years on lees.

“As a label renowned for our sparkling heritage, it’s a joy to release a new vintage of Salinger, the perfect follow on from the 2015, which recently received the Sparkling Wine Trophy at the 2021 National Wine Show of Australia,” she says.

The 2022 Seppelt Luxury Collection is now available from seppelt.com.au and select fine wine retailers nationally. The wines include:

  • 2020 Seppelt St Peters Grampians Shiraz RRP: $80.00
  • 2021 Drumborg Vineyard Henty Pinot Noir RRP: $45.00
  • 2021 Drumborg Vineyard Henty Chardonnay RRP: $40.00
  • 2022 Drumborg Vineyard Henty Riesling RRP: $40.00
  • 2021 Drumborg Vineyard Henty Pinot Meunier RRP: $36.00
  • 2021 Chalambar Grampians and Heathcote Shiraz RRP: $27.00
  • 2021 Jaluka Henty Chardonnay RRP: $27.00
  • 2017 Salinger Vintage Cuvée RRP: $30.00
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