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.
Destemmed, not crushed; matured in 225 litre French barriques and 3000 litre French vats (15% new) for 12 months. Handsomely overdelivers, with a supple medium-bodied palate of berries and plums given shape by superfine yet intense tannins. Great bargain.
96 points, The Australian (June 2019)
Attractively spicy red-plum aromas here lead to a palate that has succulent blackberry and dark-cherry flavors. Glossy, smooth and succulent tannins.
JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
"Attractively spicy red-plum aromas here lead to a palate that has succulent blackberry and dark-cherry flavors. Glossy, smooth and succulent tannins."
92 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)