Shiraz Bendigo Victoria
Seppelt were so excited about the quality of their Bendigo Shiraz that it was decided to release the precious parcels as a single label wine. Named Benno to celebrate the late, great Benno Seppelt's endeavours to promote Victoria as the nation's premiere wine growing region, Seppelt maintain the tradition begun in 1851, of producing Grand Cru quality Victorian Shiraz, a responsibility that the winemaking team do not take lightly. A distinctive single vineyard Shiraz with a great breadth of fruit and flattering, supportive oak over solid, complimenting tannins.
Estate founder Joseph Seppelt and his eldest son Benno, established a continuing tradition in the 1800s, of making the best wines from superior vineyards across Australia's leading viticultural districts. Sourcing fruit from cool climate locations in Victoria means that the grapes take longer to ripen and hence retain more flavour, leading to intense wines with refinement and elegant structure. The splendid soils and salubrious climatic conditions around the Seppelt property at Bendigo translate into Shiraz of the highest order. Following vinification in a selection of traditional fermenters, Benno was treated to an extended maturation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels.
Colour is a deep red with purple hues. The nose shows complex aromas of cherries and plum, further bouquets of black fruits and licorice, pepper and five spice, cloves and cedary oak. Chocolate notes follow from the nose onto an earthy middle palate of engaging complexity, density and finesse. Rather medium to full bodied with moreish flavours of blueberries and dark cherry, chocolates, pepper and spice. Firm, velvety tannins coat the palate, the wine is kept vital by a ripe fruit acidity, cherried and refreshing. A backbone of natural, talc tannins that will sleep with the wine long into the future, but ultimately, peak drinking for Benno is right now, ideally alongside lamb with potaoes, tarragon and red wine jus.