2019 Seppeltsfield No. EC3 Tinta Cao Tinta Amarela Touriga Barossa Valley – Red varietal blends carrying an ‘EC’ (East Cellar) number were first released by Seppeltsfield’s founding family in the 1960s, their compositions of region and variety varying on each release. The earliest of bottlings however regularly included Barossa Valley fruit as the major component, across traditional varietals such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mataro.
The East Cellar code itself was a unique reference to where the wines were rested and matured in oak barrels prior to release.
Honouring these past bottlings, today Seppeltsfield’s ‘Bench Blend’ releases continue to encourage the winemaking art of assemblage (bench blending). Each year, the final bottlings are determined not only by the season, but also the very best combination of red varieties – borne through bench blending trials.
A modern expression of traditional Portuguese varieties, ‘No. EC3’ – the first release under this code – was grown in the Barossa, but takes inspiration from the Duoro Valley. Each variety has been grown by a generational grape growing family, their fruit contributing for many years to Seppeltsfield’s fortified wine releases. The vineyard is located in the Northern reaches of the Barossa, near Stockwell. The final blend is 35.4% Tinta Cao, 35.3% Tinta Amarela and 29.3% Touriga.
Youthful, vibrant vermilion and deep purple hue. Lifted Pomegranate, Violet and Redcurrant, inset with brown spices and Sage-like. Follows aroma, fruit driven and light weighted, with silky tannin and a long finish.
Single Price: $56.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $42.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $504.00