1924 Seppeltsfield 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny

There is something otherworldly about tasting a 100-year-old wine.  It is somewhat of an out-of-body experience.  Of course, you can taste the wine in your mouth. The perfume floods the senses, but you then seem to step out of your human frame, taking a spectral glance at your flesh and bones body, savouring the moment, taking in the magnitude of the flavour, and revelling with pleasure in such a special drink.  I find it extraordinary to think that after 100 years, this ‘Tawny’ is so incredibly different in its perfume and flavour than the 1923 vintage, which I have previously reviewed in Wednesday Wines.  It is a couple of shades darker (if possible) and has a profound smokiness at its core that is staggeringly hypnotic.  Exceedingly long and all-pervasive, this is one of the most unique flavours in our incredible world of wine.  It sounds churlish to say that it is unique because, of course, it is, but it also tastes so different from anything else in the world; it seemingly has not just a page of flavour all to itself but an entire chapter.  I am always shocked and elated when I taste these wines and having visited Seppeltsfield and learned first-hand just how special the wines, the history and the people who have treasured this iconic estate, this wine must be on every passionate wine lover’s bucket list, so you know what to do.  (19.5++/20) (Drink now and forever)

As the records stateSeppeltsfield was established in 1851 and is one of the most iconic wineries in Australia. Seppeltsfield has long been internationally renowned for its treasure trove of fortified wines highlighted by the Centennial Collection – the world’s only unbroken lineage of single vintage Tawnies dating back to 1878.

Fiona Donald, Chief Winemaker at Seppeltsfield, said, “As custodians of the Seppeltsfield Centennial Collection, we are proud of the amazing legacy and vision of Benno Oscar Seppelt, son of our founders Joseph and Johanna Seppelt, dating back to 1878. The 1924 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny is the 47th consecutive release from the Centennial Cellar. The wine shows incredible intensity, volume, mouthfeel, remarkable freshness, and length, driven with blood-orange acidity. There is no doubt that fine wines of this calibre, with a century of flavours and complexity, deserve a glass of true clarity.”

The 1924 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny 100ml gift box, RRP $1750, was launched last week and it is available from Seppeltsfield Cellar Door or via www.seppeltsfield.com.au, with shipping possible worldwide.