Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Rebirth Keeps Rich Family Tradition Alive

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Rebirth Keeps Rich Family Tradition Alive

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WINE WORDS

with Regan Drew

SEPPELTSFIELD in the Barossa Valley is Australia's beating wine heart. Built by the Seppelt family on land purchased in 1850, it stayed in family hands until the mid 1980s. After Carlton and United Brewery's then wine arm purchased the property in the early 2000s it seemed destined to become more of a ghost town than the nearby Seppelt family mausoleum.

Enter a rebirth in 2007 when it moved into private hands, notably those of Warren Randall who had worked for the Seppelts in the 1980s. It holds wine treasures such as unbroken vintages of the Para Port, made yearly from each year back to 1878.

Solero Series, DP 117, Dry Flor Apera, NV

APERA is what we used to call sherry. Made from the palomino grape and aged under Flor yeast for an average of 7 years. Incredibly dry, saline and nutty with jasmine and delicate caramel highlights. Serve just chilled as an aperitif with dry roasted almonds.

RATING: 9/10 RRP: $32 ALC: 16. …

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