2012 Chalmers Sagrantino

2012 Chalmers Sagrantino

Region:Heathcote , VIC

Style:Full Bodied


Quick Overview

Chalmers are leading the discovery mission into alternative varieties, and this Sagrantino of theirs is without doubt one of the best locally grown examples of the Central Italian variety.

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_No family in Australia has done more for the continued emergence of alternative grape varieties than the Chalmers._ Since the mid 1980's Bruce and Jenni Chalmers have been responsible for importing up to 70 alternative varieties into Australia, culminating in them establishing the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in 1999. In the last 5 years Bruce and Jenni's daughters Kim and Tennille have taken over a lot of the business. New vineyards have been established in Heathcote, and with Kooyong Estate's winemaker Sandro Mosele putting the wines together, their quality has gone to another level. You'll find the experts' glowing appraisals of Chalmers over in the 'Awards & Reviews' tab, but as Nick Ryan astutely points out, "It's the Chalmers family from Euston who have done more than anyone to broaden our drinking horizons." Long may they continue. Sagrantino is a very new variety to Australia. There is debate over its origin, but it is in Umbria in Central Italy where the variety has been made famous. There are only a handful of Australian examples, like most Italian alternative varieties coming mainly out of Central Victoria and the McLaren Vale / Adelaide Hills area. Chalmers have grown Sagrantino for some time in their Euston property, but this is the first release from their new Heathcote vineyard. Tennille explains that the fruit comes from the _highest point of their vineyard_ in deep Cambrian soils, with the quantity produced only small. As with all Chalmers wines the _winemaking is very hands off_, with natural yeasts employed, no fining and very minimum filtration. It's a _full-flavoured, perfectly structured, food-friendly wine_, and if the quality of this 2012 release is anything to go by then this has an assured future as one of Australia's premier Sagrantinos. As Campbell Mattinson said ( 92 points ), "It drinks beautifully".

What it Tastes Like

The nose leaps out of the glass with fragrant cherries, plums, earth and spice. The palate is finely poised, with ample fruit perfectly balanced by toasty oak (French, 75% old) and firm tannins. As you'd expect with this variety the tannins are prominent, but never feel out of whack. There's some really enticing earthy, savoury and minerally notes that add yet more interest to the wine - it's one of those that just keep evolving in the glass. Fantastic!


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