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. Drink to: 2028; Price: $27.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion.
Chalambar Shiraz. Staple of Australian red wine drinking life. Made with grapes grown in the Grampians and Heathcote regions. 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. Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $27; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018 - 2028; Rated: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
A blend of Grampians and Heathcote vineyards, say hello to a satisfying Shiraz ensuring a solid go-to. It's pretty handy value too. Medium to full-bodied, charcuterie, dark chocolate, spiced plums and dark fruits wrap around one another in the melting pot. Shades of vanilla and a touch of aniseed contribute elegant savoury notes. Generous and then some, the length and width on offer smashes the brief with fruit and interest handed to you in spades. Top stuff. Drink now to eight years. Price: $27; Rated: 92 Points; QWine
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