The Seppelt Salinger story began in 1890, when owner Hans Irvine employed French Champagne winemaker Charles Pierlot to craft Australia’s first traditional method sparkling wines. A colourful character, Pierlot learnt the art of Champagne making at the houses of Pommery & Greno and Moet & Chandon.
Together, Irvine and Pierlot developed an award-winning wine business and are widely regarded as the pioneers of sparkling wine in Australia.
Since the release of the 1983 vintage in 1986, Seppelt’s finest sparkling white wine has borne the name of Pierlot’s wife, Ellena Salinger. It is made using the traditional sparkling varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier and since 2011 all fruit has been sourced from Seppelt's famous Drumborg Vineyard in Henty.
In vintage 2013 the wine returned to the traditional method of sparkling production. Individual components are fermented separately before being blended to form the base wine to make a sparkling with elegance and finesse. The wine goes through secondary fermentation in bottle and is matured for three years on lees in the bottle.