This variety didn’t exist in Australia before Chalmers imported it. They have led the way in development of the Australian take on the grape and wine style since their first vintage in 2009. Chalmers 2013 Heathcote Nero d’Avola has a pretty nose of ripe raspberry and the classic tar and Mediterranean herb varietal characters, underpinned by refined structure, power and graphite notes from the Cambrian teroir. The medium-bodied palate is savoury with subtle tannins and a fresh finish.
The 2011 Chalmers Aglianico is vibrant, showing earthy cherry, aromatic spice and delicate perfume on the nose. The balanced, savoury, light-medium bodied palate shows subtle fruitcake spices, herbal notes and candied orange rind with a pleasant mouth-watering acidity and the fine, smooth, building tannins you would expect of the variety. An elegant and structured wine with excellent potential for long ageing.
Sagrantino is a bold, tannic Umbrian variety that thrives in warmer vintages. Chalmers imported the vines and pioneered the variety in Australia making Sagrantino wines since 2004. The 2012 Chalmers Heathcote Sagrantino is deep and robust without being overbearing. It shows ample dark cherry and plum fruits while the palate is finer than the nose suggests with the sturdy but elegant tannins driving all the way through to the finish.