This is an icon - a king amongst Victorian Shiraz. Many in the Cracka office have cellars full of Chalambar, simply because it packs a whole lotta cool climate Shiraz punch for very few dollars.
During 150 years of winemaking, Seppelt has built a reputation of innovation and dedication to quality. The Seppelt approach is to harness the strength and characteristics of each region and create varietally and regionally expressive wines.
Deriving its name from the picturesque Mount Chalambar near Great Western in central Victoria, Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz has an excellent pedigree, having been made since 1953. Originally crafted by the legendary Colin Preece and labelled as Chalambar Burgundy, this wine has become one of the most sought after Seppelt releases each year due to its consistency, quality and value.
Tasting Notes: Colour: Deep red with purple hues Nose: Fragrant blue fruits, violets and spice with a hint of dutch liquorice and cedar. Palate:Raspberry and blueberry fruits combined with spice and a mineral texture are supported by supple tannins and well integrated cedary oak.
The Wine Front (2014 Vintage) says
Chalambar almost always attracts a vast number of comments on this site, well-informed and wise as subscribers to this site are, but out in the wilds of wine appreciation it’s generally an under-rated and under-appreciated wine. Or so I would argue.
This is another terrific release. Well-fruited but savoury to it back teeth; light-ish but powerful enough; peppery but not sneezy with it; fingered with tannin but lengthy. It is spot on, to a tee, on the money; bullseye. - Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
The Wine Front (2013 Vintage) says
A monumental bargain. Epic proportions. Grampians Shiraz with help from Heathcote. Ripe fruit. Swish oak. Quality tannin. Extended length. You can’t ask for much more. Plums and cloves, peppers and smoky oak. It’s a superb release. Hands down. No correspondence need be entered into.
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
While predominantly Grampians shiraz, does have a splash of Bendigo shiraz included. Seppelt has well and truly taken itself back to the quality of its glory days in the '40s, '50s and early '60s under the winemaking baton of Colin Preece. While it overflows with blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit, it retains a spicy elegance, the hallmark of this outstanding shiraz region.
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A brilliant modern western Victorian shiraz of remarkable grace and charm. Laced with musky, exotic spices, its remarkably clear, pristine bouquet small red and black berries and restrained cedar/vanilla oak reveals nuances of mint and menthol. It's a long, elegant, tightly focused and leaner shiraz endowed with a translucent presence of intense berry fruit enhanced with smoky, funky and meaty complexity. Supported by a firm, powdery undercarriage, it finishes long, elegant and savoury.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A wine label with a great heritage, and fulfils its birthright in every detail of the stylish bouquet and palate; black fruits, spice and black pepper enliven the long, medium-bodied palate, opening additional doors across its length and aftertaste; the tannin structure and oak are exemplary.
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; the expressive black fruits and spices of the bouquet are followed by a full-bodied palate, with fruit, oak and tannins all having their say, but none obscuring the others. Will coast through two decades at least. Grampians/Bendigo.
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Chalambar has a phenomenally consistent track record - and it shows no signs of letting up. Recent releases could be accused of putting complexity before drinkability, but the quality of this 2008 outshines any such trend.
Sweeter, muskier, flashier oak than is usual for a young Chalambar - with gorgeously fresh, grainy, cherryplummy fruit flavour lying beneath. Has a lightness on its feet, minus any corresponding lack of flavour. Nice fine tannin. Elegance and obviousness at once - you could say that it's for both shagging and marrying. However you want to put it, it's a very tasty wine.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A full-bodied wine crammed with spicy black fruits, licorice and lingering tannins running through the length of the palate; good oak, and a dyed-in-the-wool stayer
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A powerful, deeply fruited shiraz of weight, density, length and structure. Its deeply aromatic and peppery scents of black fruits, violets dried herbs, dark chocolate, cedar/vanilla oak, musk and mint precede a substantial palate of poise and restrained power. There's massive depth of fruit sweetness a deep core of dark, spicy flavour and a long, fine-grained and savoury finish. Framed by silky-fine but astringent and drying tannins, it exudes strength and style.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A blend that marries the power of Bendigo shiraz with the elegance and tightness typical of Great Western. Deeply spiced, its musky perfume of cassis, dark cherries, plums and blackberries is backed by fragrant, hazelnut-like oak, with undertones of reductive and meaty complexity, menthol and a hint of mint. Firm and fine-grained, but soft and seductive, its deeply ripened expression of vibrant dark fruit is framed by a fine-grained extract of powdery tannins, finishing long and persistent.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2003 Vintage) says
Power and balance.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Rich, concentrated blackberry and dark chocolate fruits; velvety tannins; very good oak handling; 6 gold medals, 1 trophy.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red. A wonderfully scented, opulent and ripe bouquet is followed by a rich, almost lush palate with abundant fruit, finishing with soft tannins. Gold medal 1998 National Wine Show
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
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