2016 Chalmers Project Aglianico Vulture VCR23

Region:Heathcote , VIC

Style:Medium Bodied


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The brother to the 'MAT2' Aglianco - this version slightly more rustic and structural. Hats off to Kim and Tennille Chalmers on these fascinating wines!
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Plenty has said about Chalmers over the years, but the Heathcote-based family is without question a leader and pioneer in the Australian wine industry. Their specialty is 'alternative', specifically Italian, grape varieties, and through both their Mildura nursery and Heathcote vineyard they have the widest collection of Italian grapes in Australia. The 'Chalmers Project' is a small batch winemaking experiment carried out each vintage by Kim and Tennille Chalmers. This year's brief was "to showcase some of our most exciting Italian grapes in their naked glory - super-simple small-batch winemaking to express the essence of the variety in these sites." These were made in absolutely minuscule volumes, and are not only fascinating and educational, but delicious to drink too.

What it Tastes Like

This 'VCR23' Aglianico along with its brother - the 'MAT2' Aglianico are exploring the difference in clones. Two wines made from the same grape, grown in the same place, picked at the same time, made in the same way, bottled on the same day, but with two different clones of Aglianico - one a Vulture clone and one a Taurasi clone. The difference is astonishing! Of the two wines, this VCR23 clone was definitely the more 'masculine' and rustic. It still carried the same juiciness and flavour profile as the MAT2, but with a slightly more savoury edge and distinctly firmer tannins. Lovely drinking on its own and good fun alongside its bro!


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