Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 1999 (review)

Victoria RRP ~$16

This wine goes on sale periodically and is a great buy for those who like more of the white pepper spice Shiraz from cooler areas than the Barossa. The tannins are quite serious and a little rough, but for the price, the complexity, the length, and style are excellent. This wine had already thrown a crust, so some of the tannins had already dropped out. It improved with both age and aeration. We found it tasting better after decanting and sipping for an hour. The fruit is good, with more of the raspberry end of the Shiraz flavours, than the plum end. Worth buying 6 or 12 when on sale.

1 thought on “Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 1999 (review)

  1. This is really quite an extraordinary red for the price. It’s now from the Grampians and Bendigo areas, but it is not typical of the modern ultra concentrated wines I associate with these cool climate regions. Yes it is intense, with a great dark colour, but it is also surprisingly soft, with old fashioned oaking (on nose and palate). I could mistake this for South Australian almost.

    It’s easy to like and hard to pigeon-hole. It is a hedonistic wine. I could see Robert Parker giving this a rave.

    The flash of purple in the colour suggests it will age for a long while. But it might not. And why bother.

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