2016 SEPPELT CHALAMBAR GRAMPIANS & HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ CHALAMBAR SHIRAZ WAS FIRST CRAFTED IN 1953 BY AUSTRALIAN WINEMAKING LEGEND COLIN PREECE. NAMED AFTER THE PICTURESQUE MOUNT CHALAMBAR LOCATED IN VICTORIA’S GRAMPIANS REGION, THIS WINE IS A MULTI-REGIONAL BLEND OF PREMIUM SHIRAZ PARCELS SOURCED FROM SOME OF VICTORIA’S FINEST VITICULTURAL REGIONS. THE 2016 VINTAGE HARNESSES THE INDIVIDUAL STRENGTHS AND DISTINCT CHARACTERISTICS OF SPICY, FLORAL GRAMPIANS SHIRAZ COMPLEMENTED BY JUICY HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ. IN TRUE CHALAMBAR STYLE, IT DISPLAYS GREAT DEPTH OF FLAVOUR, ELEGANT STRUCTURE AND THE POTENTIAL TO AGE GRACEFULLY FOR MANY YEARS.
GRAPE VARIETY Shiraz WINEMAKING AND MATURATION Premium parcels of Shiraz from the Grampians and Heathcote were fermented on skins for an average of 8 days, then matured in a combination of 225 L French oak barriques (80%) and 3000 L seasoned French oak vats (20%) for 12 months. Overall 15% new French oak.
COLOUR Deep red with purple hues.
NOSE Fragrant raspberry fruit, violets and savoury spice with a hint of liquorice. PALATE Raspberry and mulberry fruits combined with spice and a mineral texture are supported by fine, powdery tannins and well integrated cedary oak. VINEYARD REGION Grampians and Heathcote VINEYARD CONDITIONS A dry winter was followed by a dry, warm spring, resulting in normal yields with good bunch size. Summer was dry and warm with generally fine conditions that led to concentrated wines with fine tannin structure. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS Harvest Date: March 2016 pH: 3.60 Acidity: 6.6 g/L Alcohol: 14.5% Residual Sugar: 0.7 g/L Peak Drinking: 2018 - 2036