Chalmers pioneered this grape down under producing the first Australian Vermentino wine in vintage 2004. The 2014 Chalmers Vermentino from Heathcote, Victoria, marks a decade of Vermentino in Australia and a maturity of style. Not modelled on the wines of the Mediterranean, but inspired by them, Chalmers Vermentino hints at the hard herbs and sea spray so distinctive to the grape but keeps the palate light, lively and fresh. Racy and savoury, this crisp, dry wine shows white nectarine and Amalfi lemon aromas. The palate has a pithy/chalky texture, refreshing acidity and a pleasant lingering finish.
The high acid, bold flavoured Campanian grape Fiano has really found it’s second home in Australia, especially in Heathcote where it regularly outshines the red grapes on the same site in a traditional red-wine growing region. Chalmers have a museum of Fiano wines dating back over a decade with even the older wines still singing. The 2012 Chalmers Fiano is no exception, melding delicate stone fruits and almond blossom with savoury lees contact characters and minerality, displaying texture and power in the mouth whilst retaining a fine, fresh finish.