Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 2005
Seppelt-Chalambar-Shiraz-2005

Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 2005

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Grampians, Bendigo & Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

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Camberwell VIC 3124
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Producer: Seppelt

Country: Australia

Region: Multi Regional VIC

Vintage: 2005

Critic Score: 94

Alcohol: 13.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2025


A rich tapestry of blackberry, plum and licorice fruits. Has the structure to age gracefully for 30 years or more - James Halliday

Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz has been crafted by Seppelt since 1952 and is sourced from a selection of Victoria's finest Shiraz growing districts. The first vintages were made by Australian Winemaking legend Colin Preece. Chalambar Shiraz is named after the picturesque Mount Chalambar located near Great Western in Central Victoria. This wine highlights the success of multi-regional blending and epitomizes Seppelt's long history and expertise with old Victorian vineyards. 

"The 2005 Chalambar is an impressive blend of Grampians, Bendigo and Pyrenees fruit resulting in a perfumed mix of cherry, plums and blackberry, plus subtle oak with a spicy underlay of licorice and star anise. It's medium-bodied with fine tannins. Superb."  Jane Faulkner

Expert reviews

"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. 13.5º alc. Drink Now - 2025."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 94 points

"It's been a red drinkers favourite for a long time now, though arguably the interest in it has skyrocketed over the past 3-5 years. This 2005 release is an interesting one - my first reaction was that they'd stuffed it up. It's a cooler wine than the last couple of releases, less sweet and more spicy, with meaty, gravelly, minty, twiggy edges and, as it opens up, quite a bit of muscular tannin. The quality is still very high, but it is going to polarise opinion even more than it usually does - which is saying something. Essentially though this is a dry, balanced, spicy wine with a clip of creamy oak and a nice centre of blackberried fruit, firm tannins and a spicy finish emphasising its savoury class. If you can, try before you buy - it has a twiggy bitterness on the finish that is love/hate. Drink: 2011-2018."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 92 points

"Chalambar is an impressive blend of Grampians, Bendigo and Pyrenees fruit resulting in a perfumed mix of cherry, plums and blackberry, plus subtle oak with a spicy underlay of licorice and star anise. It's medium-bodied with fine tannins. Superb."  Jane Faulkner, The Age 48 Hours

About the winery

Seppelt Underground Cellars

Seppelt is one of Australia's most historic wine producers. Few Australian wineries have carved such a distinguished name for both still and sparkling wines. Not only is Seppelt a pioneer of white and red sparkling wine in Australia, but it also crafts some of the country's most collected table wines and has helped pave the way for cool climate styles in Australia.

Seppelt wines capture a diversity of Victorian terroirs. It sources fruit from vineyards situated in the cool Grampians, the Henty Hinterland, Heathcote and Bendigo. Each region offers parcels of unique character and distinctive regional typicity. The backbone of Seppelt's portfolio are the three iconic wines; St Peters Shiraz, Drumborg Riesling and the Show Sparkling Limited Release Shiraz, which is made only in exceptional years. 

The Seppelt Great Western winery traces its history back to 1865 when it was founded by Joseph Best – his brother also notably planted nearby. The vine material was sourced from St Peters Vineyard, which was the region's first vineyard planted just two years earlier in 1863. Best commissioned gold miners to dig the underground tunnels or drives that the winery is famous for. Those drives were expanded by Hans Irvine who purchased the estate after Best's sudden death in 1887 at the age of 57.

Irvine also expanded plantings and employed the ex-winemaker from Pommery, Charles Pierlot. At that time, some sparkling wine was being made locally, but it was Irvine's commitment that established the strong tradition in the region. That included what is often credited as the first Sparkling Burgundy, as it used to be called, made from red grapes, while sparkling whites were made from ondenc (once a common Bordeaux grape but now mainly grown in Gaillac), which has naturally high acidity.

By the early 1900s, there were over 1.6 kilometres of drives for cellaring and Great Western was Australia's largest wine producer. The operation was sold to Benno Seppelt in 1918, who added the family name and expanded the business further.

Fast forward to today and the winery is part of the Treasury Wine Estates portfolio, but the traditions are still very much alive. Winemaker Clare Dry, who spent 13 years crafting wines in South Australia, took over from Adam Carnaby from the 2021 vintage.

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.