SEPPELT Chalambar Shiraz, Victoria
First made at Great Western in 1953 by legendary Seppelt winemaker Colin Preece, Chalambar is popular Victorian Shiraz, with proven longevity, blended to a style from grapes grown in different regions, commonly the Grampians and Heathcote. The wine is named after Mount Chalambar in the Grampians.
Chalambar displays great depth of flavour and elegant structure, and highlights skilful winemaking and the benefits of blending. It combines cool climate spice and elegance with dark plummy fruit and fleshy generosity. Fine velvet tannins and restrained oak lend the structure for longevity -- Chalambar has the potential to improve in the bottle for many years.
Some wines are defined by their tannins – for good or ill – and this is such a wine. The framework here is terrific; assertive but controlled, with a great draw through the mouth without ever threatening to overwhelm. Of course, there’s more on offer: minted, blackberried, plummy fruit, an underlying foresty/gamey/musky complexity and ripeness at every turn. This is another outstanding bargain... revealing layers of black pepper, mineral and blueberry interest. 93 points, The Wine Front.