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If you have an interest in obscure Italian varieties grown in Oz, Chalmers is your number one destination. Greco di Tufo , a white grape variety made famous in the Campania and Puglia regions, is yet another Italian variety the Chalmers family were responsible for importing into Australia. There is only a handful of Grecos made here but this would have to be the finest example produced on our shores. It's simultaneously structural yet smashable, and no better described than in Gary Walsh's glowing 93 point review: "This is a super dry white of easy enjoyment, difference and some complexity."
What it Tastes Like
"This is a super dry white of easy enjoyment, difference and some complexity. Apricot kernel, brine, almond and melon. Light bodied, but flavoursome, smooth glassy acidity, gentle powdery texture, clean finish perfumed with sweet herbs and ripe lemon. Very hard to stop drinking it." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
93 points. "This is a super dry white of easy enjoyment, difference and some complexity. Apricot kernel, brine, almond and melon. Light bodied, but flavoursome, smooth glassy acidity, gentle powdery texture, clean finish perfumed with sweet herbs and ripe lemon. Very hard to stop drinking it. I don’t know whether or not I’m rating it too highly, but gee it’s good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Greco is the name given to a bunch of grape varieties cultivated across Southern Italy, named as such because of the belief that they were brought to Italy from Greece. Whether this is in fact true there have been Greco vines growing in this part of Italy for thousands of years, most notably the strain of greco which makes DOCG Greco di Tufo in Campania and in Puglia where it makes some of the best white wines in the region because of it's high natural acidity. The greco vines in the Chalmers Heathcote vineyard are Greco di Tufo, imported by the Chalmers family in the late 1990s and planted at Heathcote in 2011. The 2015 wine has beguiling aromas of marzipan, juicy white peaches and aromatic spice lead to a chalky, mineral palate of poached quince with appealing phenolic grip and the trademark mouthwatering acidity of greco.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
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. They are true visionaries of the Australian wine scene and we are eternally grateful for their forward thinking and courage to bravely plant what no one had planted before them. They brought with them the first ripples of the tsunami of Italian varieties hitting the Australian market.
Heathcote’s reputation is for big Shiraz. And they do it so well. But the times they are a changin’ with Italian varieties such as Fiano, Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola and Sagrantino all finding themselves well at home in the ancient Cambrian soils.
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