2021 Chalmers Aglianico Col Fondo

Chalmers |Heathcote |Aglianico
Innovative Italian-inspired sparkling rose that's spritely and savoury. Made from Aglianico.
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Part of the innovative Chalmers project series, this skilfully harnesses the charms of the great southern Italian red grape Aglianico.

Col Fondo is the Italian term for cloudy fizz than generally has its second fermentation in bottle (unlike Pet Nats, which generally finish their first ferment in bottle...).

Fragrant with pomegranate and ruby red grapefruit, this is chalky, spritely and savoury - great company for frittata and a plate of salami.

We're never shy of proclaiming our love of Aglianico, and rose…. and sparkling wine for that matter, so here is our love child of these passions; Chalmers Col Fondo, a sparkling Aglianico Rosato complete with the lees in the bottle.

What is Col Fondo? Col Fondo is unfiltered sparkling wine and it's cloudy with the lees left in the bottle. With its second fermentation occurring in the bottle, similar to Champagne, the result is something drier and more savoury, and typically a terroir-driven wine which can be a little funky and pleasantly drying with no dosage. No funk here though. In the bottle you'll find freshly squeezed cloudy pink grapefruit in colour, attractive, red-fruited perfume, tart yet moreish with lots of zip and texture on the palate. Fine fizz with a deliciousness that screams ‘pour me another glass'.

Region: Heathcote, Vic
Blend: Aglianico (100%)
ABV: 13.00%
Closure: 750ml
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92 Points - "Hand-picked fruit, fermented wild in old barriques, tirage after 5 months, zero dosage. Aglianico is perfect for the col fondo style, releasing a bright, cloudy salmon rosè sparkling, but also revealing a serious depth of fruit. Stylish wild strawberry, red berries, almond and light spice abound. There's a core of fresh fruits with a light savouriness - and fizz - on the palate that makes a real and lasting impact. Softer and rounder than the '20, it is possibly more expressive, too. With wines like this, col fondo is here to stay." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

90 Points - "Yum. Kinda Campari and soda vibes here, maybe a bit sweeter, short but fizzy, lively and fresh, a ripper easy, light, frisky, fun times sparkling with good energy and high drinkability. Nice one." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Full of juicy strawberries, zippy acidity and a bundle of nectarines, raspberries, red apples and pomegranate exploding in the mouth. Joining the fresh fruits are some rhubarb pastries and red liquorice, which combine to deliver a really fun sparkling wine with enough depth to match with a weightier dish of seared, juicy beef, and roasted peppers, freshly cut herbs and creamy polenta. If you're looking for an interesting, complex, sparkling for the cooler months, the Col Fondo will easily do the trick." - Curly Haslam-Coates (The Wine Front)

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    Really lovely - was not prepared to like it so much but was a huge hit at our table.

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