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2014 Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz VIC Other Shiraz

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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.

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Alc/Vol: 14.5

expert reviews about

2014 Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz VIC Other Shiraz

Expert Reviews

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
95
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
96
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.
95
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.
95
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.
2022-2030+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Very good but too dehydrated for the longer term, this charmingly balanced and savoury shiraz has a spicy, dark and earthy bouquet of red plums, blackberries and briar knit with slightly meaty, earthy complexity and lifted by a fresh floral note. Elegant and fine-grained, supple and willowy, its pleasing weight of intense black and red berries, cassis and mulberries finishes long and smooth, but with just a lingering hint of raisins and currants.
The Australian Wine Annual
91
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.
2040
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
96
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.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2011
95
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.
2011-2017
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
2020-2028
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A bastion of Victoria's southwest, this has a cool, peppery and exotic nose with all the signs of well-made, modern wine, a decent serve of red fruits, earth and spicy oak. The palate has a deep, dark, minerally edge with a rich plum and pepper-spice flavour, making a play for elegance and power all at once. Tannins gather strength a little through the finish but I suspect that should all iron out with time. It all adds up to an engaging wine
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A dark, ferrous bouquet of plums, cassis, blackcurrant, sweet chocolate/vanilla oak and black pepper is underpinned by suggestions of charcuterie meats and spice. Deeply and sumptuously flavoured but only medium to full in weight, it's smooth, polished and fine-grained with a deliciously meaty, sour-edged palate of small berries and plums supported by firm, chalky tannins. Long and .stained with fruit, it finishes savoury, with excellent focus and acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
94
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
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
The year 2007 was a difficult vintage in these parts, so Seppelt halved the quantity of Chalambar Shiraz to keep up the quality. Next year's release, from the 2008, is one to put in a pre-order for - it's outstanding. Very good wine. It has the twiggy, woody qualities of the 2006, though there's a lot of dried, nutty, cherry flavour too. Flavours of roasted almonds through the finish, to the point of bitterness. This needs time in a cool, dark place.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; sophisticated winemaking produces a medium-bodied palate with a silky smooth texture to the plum and blackberry fruits and fine tannins; modern-day classic of this great label.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Peppery, slightly meaty aromas of dark plums and berries, cinnamon and cloves, fine-grained cedary French oak and gamey undertones precede a sumptuous palate whose penetrative sour-edged fruit is underpinned by a bony chassis of powder-fine tannins. It's smooth and creamy, with juicy dark fruit and savoury oak tightly balanced with and finished by a refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
It's been a red drinker's favourite for years, but this 2006 is one out of the box. 2006 RELEASE Seppelt releases this wine on 1 April but it's not a wine for fools - it's a wine for very switched on wine folks. This 2006 is also one of the smoothest, plummiest wines of the year, its rich chocolaty flavour so soft and yummy that it feels like velvet on your tongue. It's a beautifully satisfying wine, DRINK 2008-2016.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Rich, complex, ageworthy.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium- to full-bodied; a rich tapestry of blackberry, plum and licorice fruits which would have gained the immediate approval of the late Colin Preece; has the structure to age gracefully for up to 30 years or more.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Meaty, gravelly, minty.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
An elegant, medium-bodied wine, benefitting from the controlled alcohol; red and black fruits, fine, velvety tannins; balanced oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
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
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Firm, savoury, floral.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Abundant, lush plum, blackberry, licorice and spice; round and mouthfilling, but not at all overripe; fine tannins, good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
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
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2003 Vintage) says
Power and balance.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant, easy complexity.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
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
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2001 Vintage) says
Smooth, fruity, persistent.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
A beguiling mix of black fruits, spice and leather; complex, supple, silky tannins and texture. Grampians/Bendigo/Strathbogie Ranges.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
Harmoniously crafted cellar-style shiraz, with a peppery bouquet of spicy cassis and plums, with underlying earthy nuances of farm floor and dried herbs. Long and lean, its vibrant, elegant palate of intense berry fruit and vanilla/chocolate oak is framed by powder-fine tannins. Very good persistence.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2000 Vintage) says
Earthen and chocolatey.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; fresh red and black berry fruit with some spicy aromas are followed by a well-balanced palate with ripe cherry, plum and prune fruit; soft tannins, and more accessible than previous vintages.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
91
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the intense bouquet is full of sweet dark chocolate, cherry and spice aromas, the palate with excellent depth and structure; fine tannins run throughout and the oak handling is assured.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1998 Vintage) says
Gloriously mature.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
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
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1997 Vintage) says
Charming, but drink up.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; a wine which shows exceptional varietal character throughout, with a marvellous amalgam of liquorice, game and spice on the bouquet, mixed with touches of sweet cherry and mint on the palate. A wine with excellent vinosity and a soft finish.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1996 Vintage) says
Spicy, leathery, fading.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92

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