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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
Schioppettino is a northeastern Italian variety showing great potential here in Australia. This is a great warm weather red - lifted, vibrant and uninhibited by oak, full of soft but juicy red fruits. It's not particularly long or complex but it's interesting and just a joy to drink in its infancy. Glug glug.
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The second half of the Schioppettino lot was allowed to go through malo but bottled very soon after. In a winemaking culture where malolactic fermentation of reds is a given, the Chalmers girls (who don’t mind a bit of acidity in a wine…) decided it would be a grand idea to put a malo’d and non-malo’d wine in front of people and ask the question why we do this as a matter of course?
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
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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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