2002 Seppelts Chalambar Grampians Shiraz

2002 Seppelts Chalambar ShirazThis has to be one of the cellaring stars of Australian wine; it just grows another leg after 5 to 10 years in the cellar. Having said that, as we eagerly opened one of these recently, we quickly discovered it had been monstered by TCA. So after tipping that one down the sink I retreated back to the cellar to test another of the only 3 that were now left. And BINGO! here was another cracker.

Colour is a deep and dark cherry and the nose is a riot; stewed plums, cedary oak, cigar box, a bit of camphor. gently spice, and sweet fruit.
The palate has a beautiful silken texture, entwined with cherry, dark plum, and these super fine grained savoury tannins. The whole thing is only medium bodied, but the balance and harmony are really starting to shine through.

Cork permitting, this will easily lope through another 5 to 10 years in your cellar. We had this with BBQ lamb rump steaks and vegies and all was good.

If you consider that this (2002) wine was purchased for less than $15 and current releases are often under $20, you just have to put 6 of these in the cellar every year. And now under screwcap you won’t have to tip any TCA affected bottles down the sink.

The current release is the 2008 and it already has great reviews; seek it out and reap the rewards. Halliday gives it 95 points and says it will coast through two decades at least.

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