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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. Sourced from the Grampians and Bendigo regions in Western and Central Victoria, there is a great balance of violets, pepper and spice from the Grampians fruit that provides contrasting elegance to the strength of Bendigo's dark plum fruit.

Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz highlights the benefits of blending these distinctive wine regions. The result is a style that is approachable on release with the structure to age gracefully if carefully cellared. Alcohol 14% 100% Shiraz, 18 months in New and used French oak barriques. Deep and concentrated red with purple hues. Radiant spice lift, bright and floral. Great spice and texture, medium body, bright and fresh with generosity and structure working harmoniously. Showing great length and is detailed in its complexity. A wine showing the hallmarks of a fine vintage in Victoria.

The lines of acid and tannin, the colouring in of flavour, the light and shade of berried/clovey fruit and savoury-peppery spice. This is that rare moment on the wine map where balance runs into X-factor. Drink By: 2034; Price: $27.00; Date Tasted: 02 Mar 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

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. Tasted: March 16;  Alcohol: 14%; Price: $27; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2016-2032; Rating: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Excellent slightly different take on shiraz from the Grampians and Heathcote regions. Has a distinctive earthy ironstone minerality that carries through the palate. It’s savoury with licorice and cedary notes. The palate is supple with spicy minerality. Rating: 93 Points; Top 100 Reds; Ray Jordan

Very deep, bright purple/red colour. The aromas are spicy and earthy, with some toasted oak overtones, while the palate is full-bodied and soft as plush, with lovely smooth texture and supple tannins. Superb balance. A delicious glass of red wine. A high quality wine and amazing value for money. Drink 2016 to 2034; Rating: 92 Points; Huon Hooke


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