The many people who have shared our wine journey know it started as a dream when we bought our 25 acre Seppeltsfield property in 1993. Trust us when we say this was well before our western end of Seppeltsfield Road became the ‘go to’ region for outstanding Barossa red wines.
It was before Hentley Farm, Two Hands or Torbreck existed. Seppeltsfield Winery (then Seppelts) was unloved by the corporate world, but cherished by the small band of staff who loyally looked after her through those times.
Peter had a vision as he practiced optometry in a dark room each day; he knew he had a patch of outstanding, Barossa red wine country.
In 1999 we took the plunge. We borrowed the whole cost of establishing our 10 acre vineyard – no business plan, just passion and vision. At that time we didn’t countenance making wine, just growing amazing grapes that would (hopefully) eventually pay back the bank!
In March 2002, after 3 years of no financial return, our first commercial crop was realised and the fruit proudly sold to St Hallett followed by the thrill of a grape cheque to begin amortising our debt!
4 months later on July 4th 2002, Pete was diagnosed with a naso-pharyngeal tumour.
During his treatment and whilst at a low ebb, Pete decided to have a wine made from his own fruit as he felt he was unlikely to be around for very long. It would have to be Rosé, because he didn’t think he had the luxury of waiting two years for a wine to mature in barrel. So from our 2003 vintage grapes, we had our first Rosé made.
In the 14 years since, we have had an incredible wine industry journey and Pete is still here!
We have experienced vintage highs and lows, lessons learnt about the challenges of bottling, labels and closures and the joys and frustrations of wine shows.
Now for the piece de resistance, the pinnacle of our journey, a celebration of life and all we have learnt in the one bottle……
Five years of planning, three years in French oak carefully selected by our winemaker to marry specifically with our Shiraz grapes, (including some oak from Cognac). Presented in a beautifully elegant French bottle, made from lovingly tended grapes, nurtured and worried over by Pete, crafted by a fabulous, talented Australian winemaker, Joanne Irvine.
Even the label has a story. Designed by Pete’s son Rowland, a graphic designer and talented Rutherglen winemaker, the black label is simple and elegant with our Seize the Day motto written in Pete’s distinctive hand writing.
We only made 165 dozen. The wine quickly made the Barossa’s internationally reknown Appellation restaurant wine list.
As always though, we defer final judgement to our Seize the Day fans who have shared our journey.
Campbell Mattison recommends drinking from 2021 to 2034+ but the wine is turning heads now, so it’s got a lot to offer!
We think we have created something from our vision that Barossa Shiraz fans will be proud to have in their cellar as well as to enjoy on special occasions with family and good friends.
To all who have enjoyed our wines in the past, thank you for being a special part of our journey. To those who are enjoying it for the first time, thank you for becoming a part of our story!
Our wines can be purchased by calling Pete on 0412 555 553 (he would love to have a chat about his wines!) or at our online shop
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