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NEWS_ROUNDUP_4THE Barossa’s Seppeltsfield Winery will unveil its 1914 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny which is set to be the most sought after vintage since the inaugural 1878 release.

The estate has been releasing a 100-year-old wine each year for nearly four decades.

The first wine (the 1878) was unveiled after maturing in an oak barrel for a century and was officially released in 1978.

Boasting Australian Tawny reserves of every year from 1878 onwards, the estate remains the only winery in the world to annually release a 100-year-old wines.

On Thursday 20 February the 1914 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny will be released to the world, albeit reflected in a humble affair at the winery’s Barossa Cellar Door, where wine lovers will get the opportunity to taste the wine for $30 a sip.

Seppeltsfield Tawny has been a past recipient of seven perfect scores from preeminent wine writer James Halliday, scoring the previous seven vintages 100/100 points and continues as the only Australian wine he has ever honoured with such a rating.

With less than 250 litres available for sale world-wide, the 1914 Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny will be released for $1500 per 375ml bottle and $500 per 100ml.

The drop is a blend of red grape varieties including Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro and was fortified through the addition of grape spirit.

Given the added historical significance of 1914 with the beginning of World War I, Seppeltsfield will also bottle a limited number of commemorative sets in collaboration with the Australian War Memorial.

Seppeltsfield managing director Warren Randall believes the world and the estate itself are still realising the international treasure-status of the Centennial Collection and 100-year-old Tawny in particular.

“We know how special the Centennial Collection reserve is and often reflect on the vision of Benno Seppelt to begin the legacy, we simply were under-valuating it,” he said.

“The 1914 will signify a revaluation of the stock to better reflect its place as one of the rarest and most precious liquids in the world.”

Contact: Chad Elson. Phone: 0409 980 135. Email: chad@seppeltsfield.com.au.