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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
Refosco is a Northern Italian variety whose natural acidity and late ripening make it ideal for warmer sites. This is just delicious - full of jubey, crunchy red berries on the nose, a plush but well-proportioned palate and a gentle, dry and savoury finish. Terrific Rosé.
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Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is a mouthful. It’s the name of a particular variety of Refosco grown in Friuli and Slovenia which has red stems or peduncles. Chalmers discovered through #bucketwine trials that it’s natural high acidity and late ripening make it a good choice for warmer sites. It’s certainly made itself at home in Heathcote.
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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