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Seppelt Drumborg

Cellar Door: (Great Western) Daily (10-5)

Also see listings in the Grampians and Barossa Valley Regions

The famous Drumborg vineyard when we visited in winter (photo:genxywines)

The Drumborg site of the Seppelt brand is famous for producing some of Australia's finest Rieslings.

In 1964 Seppelt had wanted to expand its operations but could not find suitable land in the vicinity of Great Western.

They could not use their South Australian operation due to quarantine regulations on their Great Western vines (phylloxera had broken out again in central Victoria). They settled on a farming property at Drumborg.

The red-brown volcanic soil was similar to the Great Western vineyard but the area was cooler with significantly more rainfall. While the quality does vary from vintage to vintage the spot is generally an excellent one for Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The grapes are processed back at Great Western.

There is no cellar door at Drumborg but it is available at the Great Western (Grampians) cellar door.

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2018 or 2027 if you like it toasty  

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, floral, linear and powerful lime, barley lemon and pear with apple blossom, rose petal and a dusting of brown spice, very long with talcy minerality and steely acidity (*****)    

Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, aromatic and delicate red cherry, plum and redcurrant with smoked game and mint nuances, medium bodied with a fine chalky texture, good line and length with charry French oak (****)  

Seppelt Drumborg Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, liner and tight white peach, melon and lemon grass with struck match notes long palate with quinine-like minerality and refreshing grapefruit acuity, savoury clove/hazelnut oak (****1/2)

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2017 or 2026+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, verging on off-dry, quite floral and finely structured with sweet lime and lemon sherbet flavours with apple blossom and white flower notes, very long and linear palate with talcy texture, slaty minerals and firm grapefruit acidity on the steely finish (*****)

Seppelt Drumborg Chardonnay 2014

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  funky and slightly waxy lime, melon, lemon curd and white nectarine with some stuck match and savoury oak aspects, the palate is long and focussed and underpinned with crunchy grapefruit acidity, discrete clove/hazelnut oak (****1/2)

Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  perfumed, spicy and medium bodied red cherry, plum and redcurrant with smoked game and mint leaf notes, underpinned with schisty minerality and sappy acidity, spicy French oak, complex but fractionally short for higher score (****)

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016 or 2030+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, despite the warmer vintage there is no loss of elegance and structure, brightly lit and tightly wound apples, pear and lime with white flower notes, linear with talcy texture, piercing grapefruit leading to the lingering wet slate finish (*****)

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015 or 2023+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, a touch riper and more open at this stage than usual reflecting the warm vintage, perfumed and crystalline kaffir lime, barley sugar, pear and green apple with rose petal and musky spice aromatics, minerally with racy grapefruit acidity and a wet slate finish, there some banana oil esters on the nose at moment but will dissipate with a couple more months in the bottle, wait until after X-mas at least but will still be long lived despite the open structure (****1/2)

Seppelt Jaluka Drumborg Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, tauter than ever from this very mild vintage, austere and slightly waxy lime, nectarine and green apple although its is more minerally than primary, very long with restrained cashew-cinnamon oak, finishes with a whisper of sea-shell phenolics and savoury bacon, something for the fans of the Chablis style (****1/2)

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ( $33)

Drink: 2013 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, no surprise from such a mild vintage that this classic dry Riesling is as tight and steely as ever, clean and pristine lime, green apple and orange rind with lavender florals, talcy with lingering and racy grapefruit acidity, outstanding length, perhaps looking a bit old school given the recent innovations in Australian Riesling but is a benchmark example of its style (*****)

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, long and tightly wound with the mild vintage enhancing the best features of this long cellaring style, perfumed and pristine kaffir lime, lemon sherbert and green apple with lavender aromatics, minerally with lingering grapefruit acidity and a wet slate finish (*****)

Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($54)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, perfumed and supple cranberry and black cherry with tobacco notes, focussed and medium bodied with forest floor and savoury gaminess, rich schisty minerality with fine tannins, fairly discrete spicy French oak (30% new), distinctive style but varietal and with some appeal and elegance (****1/2)

Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Gris 2010

Purchased: Not ($27)


(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, perfumed green apple, melon and pear with ginger and brown spice nuances, long and minerally palate with some mid-palate creaminess and chalky phenolics, bright tangy lemon acidity (****)

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, shows the usual elegance, impeccable length and austere opening, the kafir lime and green apple builds intensity with additional lemon sherbet and tropical fruit nuances emerging along the talcy palate, steely finish with lingering tightly wound grapefruit acidity, while it now has a few other competitors as a national benchmark it is a very good outcome from a low yielding frost-ravaged vintage in the region (*****)

Seppelt Drumborg Vineyard Pinot Gris 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, the new name for the Coborra, some barrel ferment in seasoned French oak, delicate, clean and pure expression of apple, pear and guava with subtle ginger notes, pronounced minerality and refreshing lemon acids (****)

Seppelt Jaluka Drumborg Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, ripe white peach, apple and nectarine with bacon and wheatmeal notes, the palate is little fuller and forward than normal but maintains a good line with the very fine texture and savouriness coming to the fore along the palate, racy and twitchy pink grapefruit acidity, spicy and toasty French oak, not the greatest vintage but Emma Wood’s deft and contemporary skills are evident (****)

Seppelt Jaluka Drumborg Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, Gold Medal Sydney Wine Show 2008, fragrant, focussed and taut, nectarine and melon with wheatmeal notes, gently chalky texture with some racy grapefruit acidity, toasty and spicy French oak, impeccable length and balance (****1/2)

Seppelt Coborra Drumborg Pinot Gris 2007

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, tangy pear and orange blossom, powdery minerality with spice including a hint of ginger, barrel ferment features, dry minerally finish with lemon acidity, well made but lacking the vibrant acidity of better vintages (***1/2)

Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, vibrant nose showing lime, green apple, musk and orange blossom, immaculate fruit intensity and linearity although tightly coiled for the long haul, zesty lemon acidity on palate, powdery minerality, and a tight steely chassis (*****)

Seppelts Drumborg Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2007, floral nose showing lemon and orange blossom, deep fruit intensity with lemon acidity on palate, powdery minerality, and a tight steely finish, classy structure, one of the benchmarks for Australian Riesling (*****)

Seppelt Coborra Drumborg Pinot Gris 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2007, tangy lemon and orange blossom and pear, spice and barrel ferment features, crisp minerally finish with well balanced acidity and good length (****)

Seppelt Jaluka Drumborg Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, restrained melon and stonefruit nose, palate shows greater citrus intensity balanced with mineral complexity and firm acid, good cold climate style (****)