The 1888 Gravity Cellar is a heritage-listed landmark within the Seppeltsfield estate of the Barossa Valley. Completed in 1888, the cellar was the visionary design of Oscar Benno Seppelt, son of Seppeltsfield founders Joseph and Johanna.
Built into the hillside on a series of terraces, Benno's design of the cellar was centred on allowing the natural course of gravity to assist the flow of fruit down through the winery.
Whilst originally borne from engineering logic, the gravity-fed minimal handling approach is now a coveted modern-day winemaking principle. In complement to open fermentation, the resultant wines show heightened aromatics and purity of fruit, aided by the gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin.
For nearly a century, the 1888 Gravity Cellar played an important role in Australia's fine wine landscape, until it was eventually decommissioned in the 1980s due to the need for significant restoration.
The cellar lay dormant for nearly 30 years until it was proudly revived for the 2010 vintage, now celebrated once again by the winemakers of Seppeltsfield.
Barossa, South Australia
Seppeltsfield Western Ridge Vineyard. The 2017 Seppeltsfield Barossa Shiraz is our foundation-level, representing the estate's diverse holding of vineyards that cross the region's Western ridge, from the North to Southern grounds. Generations of grape growers have farmed this variety in the region since the 1840s - the complex combination of varying geology, geography and climate interacting to express its qualities in manner of ways, from perfumed and elegant to rich and generous. Definitively however, Barossa Shiraz is not simply a translation of grape or grounds; it also represents a tapestry of the region's history, culture and pioneering endeavour. With a close eye on what the growing season has provided, Seppeltsfield's vineyards are considered at individual block level for their suitability of our 'village' release. Intensive sampling is undertaken as the fruit approaches ripening maturity, to ensure optimal harvest timing.
The 2017 Barossa Shiraz was vinified through the historic 1888 Gravity Cellar. Built into the hillside on a series of terraces, gravity guides the flow of fruit down through the winery to deliver gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. The Shiraz was fermented in open fermenters and matured with moderate French oak influence.
The Shiraz was fermented in open fermenters and matured with moderate French oak influence.