Seppelt's Chalambar is a wine which I eagerly await the release of each year. Apart from the slightly raw edged and blocky 2005, it's delivered some brilliant wines across recent vintages. 2007 did provide some serious headaches for Victorian growers though...
Aromatically subdued, closed even; the 2007 Chalambar presents a generously oaked fragrance overlying stewed plum and currant undertones, with lashings of spicy cedar. Its disappointing palate lacks the concentration and depth of previous vintages, delivering a hollower, syrupy expression of ultra-ripe dark red and black fruit flavours. An assertive extract of sweet, toasty cedar oak easily swallows up its primary fruit, gently pushing the wine into a simple finish devoid of the fine tannins, structure, or length of fruit usually associated with this label.
X A real let down for Chalambar, but 2007 is hardly a vintage that Victorians will look back on with fond memories. Drink to 2013.