HEATHCOTE'S BEST | Mixed Dozen | Next Level
There’s something for everyone in this comprehensive collection and you will feel like you have spent the weekend touring the wonderful Heathcote region after sampling just a few.
Montevecchio 2018 Prosecco: The Chalmers family imported Prosecco into Australia in 1998. At the time it was not that well known outside the Veneto, where the Chalmers girls enjoyed a glass or three in their time living there. Since then it has become a household name all over the world, production in Australia has boomed and we are now making some excellent Prosecco wines right across the country. Montevecchio Prosecco is grown in the Chalmers family’s home region of the Murray Darling. It is crisp with delicate florals and green apple freshness – everything you want in a fun glass of fizz.
Merindoc 2017 Chardonnay: A warm summer, with cool night-time temperatures, produced fine, intense Chardonnay grapes. Vintage 2017 has been a hallmark year affording excellent fruit sweetness, balanced with refreshing acidity and classic minerality.
Tellurian 2017 Viogner: Well suited to the growing conditions in Heathcote, Tellurian Viognier is made in a medium to full bodied style with expressive floral and stone fruit aromatics and round, plush texture. Picked just late enough in the season to show the expressive flavour of this variety, and at the optimal time to maintain freshness and a clean finish.
Chalmers 2017 Greco: The palate is intense peach flavours and mineral zest, An intriguing variety which makes an equally interesting wine and the most recent white to join the Chalmers fray. With bucket-loads of natural acid, these grapes stay vibrant and racy through the warm summer of northern Heathcote, meaning Greco can achieve fruit richness without compromising freshness. The wine is bold and intense with ripe apple and poached quince flavours with a chalky, crunchy backbone. Not for the faint at heart, rather an adventure for the palate, especially at the dinner table.
Munari 2019 Vermentino: Produced with fruit sourced from the Chalmers Vineyards on the Mt Camel range, this wine displays fresh citrus aromas, lemon & grapefruit flavours, good minerality and fresh acidity.
Chalmers 2017 Appassimento: Decadent and charming at once, this little dessert wine is very special. Made from 100% Lambrusco Maestri estate grown at the Merbein vineyard, the grapes are hand-picked then naturally sun-dried on traditional sultana racks before vinification. This concentrates the sugars and reduces the weight meaning that there are 1.5kg of grapes in every 375ml bottle of wine. After a long slow fermentation and ageing in barrique the wine is ready for bottle. The result? Think prunes, Dutch cocoa, black cardamom. Pretty much the perfect cheese plate wine.
Sanguine Estate 2019 Rose: Very pretty salmon hue. Aromas of Ripe apple and strawberry with a savoury complexity derived from natural fermentation in old oak. A soft fruity palate with an elegant dry finish.
Condie Estate 2018 Sangiovese: A wonderful expression of a Heathcote sangiovese. The fruit is from our Lewis Road Vineyard and the wine is made using traditional methods. Delightful confectionary aromas with sour cherry, raspberry fruit characters and herbal notes on the palate
Chalmers 2016 Aglianico: A late ripening grape, it cruises through summer to ripen slowly in the cooler autumn months giving a lower alcohol yet complex and refined red wine capable of long ageing. Made in a chestnut botte and bottle aged before release, Chalmers Aglianico has earned its place at the top of the range showing all the hallmarks of a great red wine. Poise and structure, freshness and complexity, this wine has it all.
Silver Spoon Estate 2017 East Meets West Shiraz: A full-bodied vibrant shiraz style. There are hints of dried flowers and sour cherry on the nose, with dark spices and blood plums on the palate. The tannins are well integrated, and the finish is long and smooth on the palate. This wine will age gracefully for 10+ years.
Chalmers 2014 Lambrusco: Lambrusco is a dirty word in the eyes of many a wine connoisseur because of it’s huge popularity as a cheap and cheerful quaff, especially in the 70s and 80s, but real dry Lambrusco is cooler than ever. The first Chalmers Lambrusco was made in 2012. We make it from Lambrusco Maestri – one of the 14 different lambrusco varieties used in Emilia-Romagna. Real lambrusco is a dry, aperitif style with perfume and fruit as well as meatiness, tannic grip and mouthwatering acidity, try a glass with some prosciutto for 5 o’clock knock-off drinks.