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Seville Estate

www.sevillestate.com.au

65 Linwood Rd, Seville, 3139

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 5964 2622

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The view from the Seville Estate cellar door towards the Yarra Ranges (Photo: genxywines)

Dr Peter Mc Mahon planted the first vines at Seville Estate in 1970, making it one of the first of the modern era wineries in the region. From its first vintage, Seville Estate quickly established itself as one of the Yarra Valleys finest producers. Surprisingly in a region more renowned for Pinot Noir, its was the Seville Estate Shiraz that has received the most attention.

In 1997 Iain Riggs the CEO of Brokenwood Wines of the Hunter Valley and a small group of Brokenwood partners and friends bought a controlling interest. Since 2005 it has been owned by Graham and Margaret Van der Muelen. Dylan McMahon, the grandson of the original owners, is now in charge of the wine-making.

The Seville Estate style is one of minimal intervention with the wines: quality grapes, wild ferments and carefully developed barrel selection of French oak.

The soils are red to grey volcanic soils on a clay base. The 20 ha vineyard is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. While the portfolio is strong across the board the winery is seen as a trendsetter (along with Oakridge) for Victorian Chardonnay, swinging back to a purer, fuller style after a period of lean, highly reductive wine.

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Seville Estate cellar door (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

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)

Seville Estate Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, about 20% whole bunch, unfiltered,  fragrant and supple black cherry and red cherry with rose petal notes, dusty and medium bodied and savoury with firm stalky herbal aspect and chalky tannins, restrained large format oak (****1/2)  

Seville Estate Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($A36)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, unusual malolactic fermentation, creamy and leesy lime, passionfruit and lemon barley with white flower and cinnamon notes (****)

Seville Estate Blanc de Blancs Sparkling 2011

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2014, 18 months on lees, lean and pure white peach, lime and lemon sherbet with toasty brioche and white flower notes, long with fine mousse, zero dosage, crunchy citric acidity on the minerally finish (****)

Seville Estate Riesling 2013

Purchased: Cellar Door ($36)

Drink: 2015 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2014, unusual 100% wild yeast barrel ferment style, rounded lemon sherbet, melon and apple with brown spice and citrus blossom notes, fairly good intensity despite the barrel ferment, some leesy complexity as well, plump palate, crisp chalky lemon rind finish (****)

Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014,Chardonnay Trophy at 2014 Yarra Valley Wine Show, fragrant lemon sherbet, nectarine, pear and melon with gun flint notes and mealy lees, seamless and tightly wound and long with a spine of nervy grapefruit acidity and spicy cashew/vanilla oak (*****)

Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($A60)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, Chardonnay Trophy at 2013 Yarra Valley Wine Show, as with 2011 this was selected in the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge XI but this time is a bit more austere, perfumed and pure nectarine, pear and honey dew melon with savoury leesy/mealy complexity and some gun flint, long and tightly wound around a spine of grapefruit acidity, focused and long with seamless spicy vanilla/cashew oak (*****)

Seville Estate The Barber Fume Blanc 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, Bronze Medal at Federation Square Vic Regional Showcase 2013, 60% barrel ferment, restrained lime and lychee with creamy and nutty lees, some spicy complexity, talcy mineral backbone with fresh lemony acidity (****)

Seville Estate Dr. McMahon Yarra Valley Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($95)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2012, this is a special release for the 30th anniversary of Dr, Peter Mcahon’s establishment of the vineyard in 1972, 100% whole bunch ferment, fragrant and very complex showing blackberry and boysenberry with white pepper, anise, green herbs and musky spices, long and medium bodied with a glycerolly mid-palate, sappy acidity with toasty coffee/cinnamon oak, needs time but will be fascinating to see it evolve (*****) 

Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2019+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2012, Trophy for Best Single Vineyard White Wine at Yarra Valley Wine Show 2012 and selected in the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge XI, perfumed, rich and expressive nectarine and honey dew melon with savoury leesy/mealy complexity, some matchstick and a backbone of zesty grapefruit acidity, focused and long with spicy vanilla/cashew oak (40% new)  and a touch of lemon sherbert on the finish, needs time to integrate (****1/2)

Seville Estate Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2012, Silver Medal at Yarra Valley Wine Show 2012, late harvest due to the  cold vintage, 30% barrel fermented, malo discouraged, rich core of nectarine and honeydew melon fruit with some matchstick notes, creamy and leesy mid-palate with spicy vanilla/cashew oak (30% new), racy grapefruit acidity with some lemon sherbert on the finish  (****)

Seville Estate Old Vine Morgans Cabernet 2010

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting:  Aug 2012, silky redcurrant, blackberry and violet fruit overlies firm, chewy savoury tannins, in a medium-full bodied framework with ample cedary oak on the minty finish (***1/2)

Seville Estate Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ( $30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, Trophy for Best White Wine at Yarra Valley Wine Show 2011, partial barrel ferment and malo, seamless and vibrant nectarine, lemon butter and melon with matchstick and leesy meal notes, flinty, long and focussed with bright grapefruit rind acidity, well integrated spicy and toasty French oak (30% new) (*****)

Seville Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, aromatic violet and rose petal florals with a silky red cherry entry but builds intensity and darker fruits along the medium bodied palate, dusty, gamy and textured with lingering fine tannins, well integrated spicy vanilla/clove/cedar oak (****1/2)

Seville Estate Old Vine Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, from the 1972 estate vines, firm and concentrated black cherry and dark plum with liquorice, tobacco and black pepper notes, medium-full bodied with some stalky nuances, the charry/spicy cedar French oak is fairly overt, persistent and chewy grainy tannins (****)

Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, intense but well balanced white nectarine, melon and citrus with matchstick and oatmeal nuances, no malo but some barrel ferment, focussed and racy grapefruit acidity with savoury phenolics, restrained and integrated nutty/vanilla/cinnamon oak (****)

Seville Estate Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: April 2011, Gold Medal at Sydney Wine Show 2010, perfumed nectarine, melon and pear with matchstick notes, lean and linear with focussed grapefruit acidity and restrained grilled nut, vanilla oak, seamlessly integrated (****)

Seville Estate Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, small natural malo but more substantial barrel ferment, fresh and vibrant melon, nectarine and peach with savoury and mealy lees complexity, infused with attractive fine chalky minerality, long and shapely with some sweet cashew-vanilla oak underpinned with refreshing lemon and grapefruit acidity (****)

Seville Estate The Barber Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, off-dry with 9 gm/l of residual sugar, melon and lime with a touch of dried apricot and toasty brown spices, well balanced crisp citric acid finish but comes across a bit broad and forward (***)

Seville Estate The Barber Pinot Gris 2009

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, mix of Yarra Valley and Beechworh fruit, leesy showing honeyed pear and lime with a melony finish and chalky lemon acids, a bit broad (***)

Seville Estate The Barber Pinot Gris 2008

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, Alsatian-inspired style showing rich and fully textured apricot, pear and honeysuckle, ample lees and barrel ferment inputs, let down slightly by the rather soft finish (***1/2)

Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, a full throttle high alcohol style not normally seen in the Yarra Valley, ripe plum and cassis with white pepper and anise notes, plenty of creamy chocolate and vanilla from the mainly French oak, fine and powdery tannins, unlike the 2004 vintage the power comes from the alcohol rather than the fruit depth (***1/2)

Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, complex wine that opens tightly but moves to a generous mid-palate, grapefruit, melon and nectarine flavours, light malo and lees complexity, almond and minerally notes, discrete but spicy cashew-vanilla oak, nicely balanced and subtle crafted wine (****1/2)

Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, Silver Medal at Victorian Wine Show 2006, dense but with a certain elegance reflecting the mild vintage, plum, cassis and red cherry with white pepper notes, medium-full bodied and spicy with well handled toasty, mainly French oak, enough powdery tannins to handle medium term cellaring (****)

Seville Estate Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, smooth and medium bodied with fruit in the plum and red cherry spectrum, meaty and minty, fine tannins, lacks the depth and length of the reserve (***1/2)

Seville Estate Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, fragrant cherry and plum, medium-full bodied palate with lots of spice, game and pepper features, firm tannins should resolve nicely with some cellaring (****)

Seville Estate Chardonnay 2003

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, crisp melon and tropical fruit aromas, buttery palate with well balanced toasty vanilla oak (***1/2)

Seville Estate The Barber Pinot Gris 2006

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, spicy pear, palate has some honeyed features and barrel ferment complexity alongside some bitter edges, crisp, dry finish (***)

Seville Estate Unwooded Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, melon and tropical fruit aromas, pleasing almond lees, dry finish (***)

Seville Estate Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, blackberry and plum aromas with light pepper, medium bodied palate with assertive sawdusty cedar-vanilla oak, fine grained tannins (***)