The Chairman

2013 Great Western Shiraz
$33.00
Seabrook the chairman 2012_4789

$33.00

The Chairman

‘The Chairman’ is named in honour of Hamish’s late Grandfather Douglas Seabrook. Doug continued from his father Tom in the family wine business and was the longest serving chairman of judges at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show which spanned for more than 30 years. Doug was a passionate wine man who willingly gave his time and energy to encourage interest in wine, particularly educating young people. His passion for the emerging industry was instrumental as he encouraged wine businesses to strive to make better wines as well as encouraging new and unexplored varieties and wine styles to be experimented with. His legacy has shaped many winemakers, wine merchants and wine enthusiasts alike.

Tasting Notes

Rich in dark, dense aromas of black pepper and fruitcake with hints of mocha and tobacco pouch lingering in the background. If one was to compare personalities, this would be a closed introvert who needs time to feel comfortable enough to open up. Once opened up this wine rewards with generosity and a verbose personality. The palate is rich and dense with blackberries, forest fruits, and black pepper. Beautifully integrated savory and tactile tannins add complexity and balance. Perfectly balanced acid helps frame the wine and provide drive and direction to the palate.

Vintage Conditions

A cool Spring, with lower than average winter and spring rainfall meant the vines got away to a steady, yet slightly slow start. Wet weather in late Nov affected fruit set therefore low-moderate crops. The lower crops & mild temps in summer provided for slow ripening & therefore intense fruit flavours, balanced with good colour and acidity. Despite low crops, an excellent vintage overall.

Vineyard Region

Great Western Vineyard, Grampians Victoria

Great Western is well known for wines of elegance, structure and longevity with silky tannins and dark or black fruits; these wines then develop savoury, earthy characters with age. The vineyard has minimal rainfall, long sunlight hours, & varied aspects which provide a multitude of micro climates, ideal for producing wines of great austerity & restraint.

Awards/Reviews:

 5 Stars – Wine State Magazine

Powerful aromas of black olives and leather with gamey elements. Generous in the mouth with an even textured, complex palate dark with berry fruits. Has talcy tannins and high level of alcohol.

 

95 Points – James Halliday

“A cascade of spicy, savoury, peppery black fruits runs through the long, medium-bodied palate, the tannins and oak both on the money. Great Western produces shiraz of great class.”

+ Story

The Chairman

‘The Chairman’ is named in honour of Hamish’s late Grandfather Douglas Seabrook. Doug continued from his father Tom in the family wine business and was the longest serving chairman of judges at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show which spanned for more than 30 years. Doug was a passionate wine man who willingly gave his time and energy to encourage interest in wine, particularly educating young people. His passion for the emerging industry was instrumental as he encouraged wine businesses to strive to make better wines as well as encouraging new and unexplored varieties and wine styles to be experimented with. His legacy has shaped many winemakers, wine merchants and wine enthusiasts alike.

+ Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Rich in dark, dense aromas of black pepper and fruitcake with hints of mocha and tobacco pouch lingering in the background. If one was to compare personalities, this would be a closed introvert who needs time to feel comfortable enough to open up. Once opened up this wine rewards with generosity and a verbose personality. The palate is rich and dense with blackberries, forest fruits, and black pepper. Beautifully integrated savory and tactile tannins add complexity and balance. Perfectly balanced acid helps frame the wine and provide drive and direction to the palate.

+ Vintage

Vintage Conditions

A cool Spring, with lower than average winter and spring rainfall meant the vines got away to a steady, yet slightly slow start. Wet weather in late Nov affected fruit set therefore low-moderate crops. The lower crops & mild temps in summer provided for slow ripening & therefore intense fruit flavours, balanced with good colour and acidity. Despite low crops, an excellent vintage overall.

+ Vineyard

Vineyard Region

Great Western Vineyard, Grampians Victoria

Great Western is well known for wines of elegance, structure and longevity with silky tannins and dark or black fruits; these wines then develop savoury, earthy characters with age. The vineyard has minimal rainfall, long sunlight hours, & varied aspects which provide a multitude of micro climates, ideal for producing wines of great austerity & restraint.

+ Awards/Reviews

Awards/Reviews:

 5 Stars – Wine State Magazine

Powerful aromas of black olives and leather with gamey elements. Generous in the mouth with an even textured, complex palate dark with berry fruits. Has talcy tannins and high level of alcohol.

 

95 Points – James Halliday

“A cascade of spicy, savoury, peppery black fruits runs through the long, medium-bodied palate, the tannins and oak both on the money. Great Western produces shiraz of great class.”

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