The drive to Seppeltsfield is memorable – avenues of numerous stately date palms and on a hill the brooding Seppelt family mausoleum. As you arrive you are confronted by a complex of aged stone buildings that seem to have “just growed” since the winery’s beginnings in the mid-1800s.
In the old cellars the visitor is shown rows of casks still containing tawny port styles from 130 vintages. In the tasting room, ancient and modern fortifieds, brandies and table wines are there for an indulgent sip or two.
I particularly enjoyed a headily aromatic Paramount XO Brandy – from a blend dating back to the 1960s; a 21 year-old Para Tawny – very pale, dry rich and spirity; and a Paramount XO Tawny, matured on lees from 100 year-old Para tawny – it had a lovely aged rancio character and a texture that was thick and velvety.