On Thursday, February 20, Seppeltsfield celebrated the unveiling of one of Australia’s most significant wines, with the 1920 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny. The release coincides with the Seppelt family having moved into the family homestead, on February 20, 1851.
This is the 42nd consecutive 100-Year-Old Vintage Tawny to be released from the historic 1878 Centennial Cellar – seeing 100 Summers and Winters maturing in oak. This continues the lineage of releases first conceived by Oscar Benno Seppelt in 1878, now commonly known as the ‘jewel in the crown’ at Seppeltsfield.
The custodian of the Seppeltsfield Centennial Cellar and Baron of the Barossa, Fiona Donald said “To celebrate this year’s release, we now have an exclusive collection of our 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny on display in the recently opened Barossa Cellar Wine Vault. This is a showpiece for guests to the region, containing some of the finest bottles ever made. And on Sunday, as part of the Declaration of Vintage ceremony hosted by Barons of Barossa, we not only toasted Stuart Bourne, Winemaker of the Year and Fiona and Daniel Haberman, Viticulturists of the Year, but also placed a bottle of the 1920 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny in the Barossa Cellar Wine Vault”.
To accompany this year’s release, Seppeltsfield have partnered with Master of Wine, Andrew Caillard and Producer of The Grape Underground, Christophe Priddle on a tasting note podcast, revealing what it is like to taste the 1920 100-Year-Old wine, a private experience Seppeltsfield offers to guests in the Centennial Cellar.
“Seppeltsfield 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny is rated as ‘Exceptional’ in the Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine, reflecting its First Growth status and historic narrative. It belongs to a contiguous collection of vintages that goes back to 1878 and is one of the most important fragments of Australia’s 19th century colonial history” said Mr Caillard.
The 1920 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny has limited availability, in both the 375ml ($2,000) and 100ml ($700) formats. The bottles are hand filled to order, individually numbered and authenticated for collection purposes. They are presented in Jarrah timber gift boxes and the certificate can be personalised accordingly.
Alongside the 1920 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny is also a limited release for each ‘milestone’ release year: 1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1980, a special wine to celebrate 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th and 90th anniversaries.
All Centennial Collection bottlings, including the 1920 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny are available from Seppeltsfield Cellar Door or via Seppeltsfield.com.au
The Seppeltsfield podcasts can be accessed through Spotify by searching ‘Seppeltsfield’ or direct link here . The casts are also available on Apple Podcasts by searching ‘Seppeltsfield’ or direct link here .