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.
"Seems to be showing a stronger Heathcote influence with this release, or perhaps it's the warmer vintage expressing itself. In any case it's quite an open and accessible wine, spicy and sweet-fruited, although there is a gamey, savoury element. Finished with a smooth veneer of oak, it's a well rounded package and continues to deliver genuine value for money."
94 points, Steven Creber for Wine Companion (February 2018)
"This release is certainly not one to disappoint. Volume, style and complexity are all in a good place: flavours of red and black berries, healthy serves of cloves and black pepper, sandalwood and campfire notes, and just enough smoky oak to lend it some polish. It’s the kind of red you can thoroughly enjoy without ever getting overly excited, if that makes sense. It doesn’t scream high quality but its mix of sweet ripe fruit and spice notes would be just the ticket, on most occasions."
92 points, The Wine Front (August 2018)
"Very deep, dense, dark red/purple colour. The bouquet is restrained but dense, inky, ripe and slightly oaky. The wine is full-bodied and dense, thickly-textured and chunky, with a certain graphite-like texture and palate flavour. Long carry. This needs some cellaring to soften it and bring out its best."
91 points, The Real Review (May 2018)
"An intense wine with savoury oak, dried plum and anise accents on the nose, plus excellent fruit flavour on the palate. It is a supple, moreish wine with excellent concentration. Lovely now, though will improve with time in the cellar."
91 points, The Real Review (April 2019)