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Chalmers, Vermentino 2016

Chalmers Vermentino2016

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This crisp and dry Vermentino is classic in style, boasting herbaceous characters and an invigorating palate. Fresh nectarines and lemon aromas are on the nose.

Why we love it: 

This is a trademark in the Chalmers Range

Drink with: 

Fresh Sushi

Tech

Country
Region
Sub-Region
Heathcote
Blend Info.
100% Vermentino
Alcohol by Vol.
13%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2021
Serving Temp.
Closure
Screw Cap

Producer

Chalmers

Chalmers began operating in the 1980s when Bruce and Jenni Chalmers established a vineyard in Euston, NSW, which became one of the largest privately owned vineyards in Australia. They have since sold this vineyard and created two smaller plots in Heathcote in Central Victoria, as well as Merbein in the Murray-Darling basin. The Heathcote property had previously been used for cereal cropping so Bruce and Jenni had to start from scratch, planting vines in 2009. The site currently grows 24 varieties and provides the fruit for all the Chalmers-branded wine, as well as selling grapes to more than 40 winemakers, from ‘garagiste’ to well-established. The Merbein vineyard is used for imported varieties, both for distribution to other wineries around the country, and for small amounts to be put into bottle for release. The main purpose of the Merbein vineyard is to conduct experimental winemaking, testing such things as harvest date, root stock and drought tolerance.

Chalmers release wines under six different labels, in a range of styles from sparkling, white, rosé, red and dessert, and for a range of budgets. The Chalmers label features well-known drops such as fiano and lambrusco, as well as more obscure varieties like vermentino, aglianico and sagrantino. The Chalmers Project features their experimental wines from the Merbein nursery, ‘where all the fun happens.’ It includes wines you’d struggle to find elsewhere in Australia, such as ribolla gialla, pecorino, falanghina, inzolia and piedirosso. Montevecchio are wines to ‘simplify your life’, featuring blends of grapes released as a white, rosé, red or sparkling. The Dott. range exists as a way of testing grape varieties that ‘originate in the humid and oceanic North East of Italy and growing them in the inland dry climate and red, mineral rich soils of northern Heathcote.’ Essentially, Chalmers is all about experimentation, diversity of flavour, and having fun.

For more information on Chalmers and their exciting offerings, check out their website.

Region

Victoria

Boasting the title of ‘most diverse’ wine region in Australia, Victoria’s vintners know their wine. Despite being the smallest mainland state, Victoria boasts the most wine regions out of all the Australian states and houses a plethora of individual wineries, producing some of Australia's best Pinot Noir, Fortified wine, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sparkling Wines.

In fact, back in the 1880’s Victoria was Australia’s largest wine producer. However, outbreaks of Phylloxera (aphid like insects that inject venom into the roots of grapevines) and a focus on gold saw wine production in the state grind to a halt. In the 1970s, Victoria’s wine industry enjoyed a resurgence, led by a new generation of talented winemakers keen to take advantage of the diverse climate and soils available in the region.

The world renowned Yarra Valley wine region, is located just an hour from the state’s capital, Melbourne. The region is best known for its Pinot Noir, being that it is the most planted grape and occupies over 36% of vines in the region. The Yarra Valley boasts huge variations in elevation, climate and even soil types, allowing winemakers to be able to produce single vineyard wines that are notable for being unique to their sites.