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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 Grecanico, also known as Garganega, is a tight, lean and racy little number. The nose is reasonably restrained before an explosion of freshly-cut citrus fruit around a core of pristine, minerally acid. Slightly salty and chewy to close. Interesting, refreshing and great for food.
Grecanico is the Sicilian synonym for Garganega which is the main variety in the Soave wines of the Veneto. Chalmers chose to use the Sicilian name fro this wine as their vineyard conditions are more similar to Sicily and so they thought perhaps the wine might express more like a Southern Italian than a northern.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until:
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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