2020 Chalmers Wines Montevecchio Rosso, Heathcote, Victoria, Australia

$21.99

The aromatics of the six Italian varieties imported by Chalmers combine red and black fruits -- pomegranate, riberry, and black cherry -- with savory qualities of pepper berry, licorice, and bay leaf. Dry and crunchy, drinkable and complex.

There are 12 units left in stock.

$21.99

ABOUT THIS WINE

A blend of 55% Aglianico, 23% Pavana, 15% Lagrein, 4% Teroldego, 2% Piedirosso, 1% Lambrusco Maestri.

East facing sloped site, 150-225m elevation with diverse rocky terrain of sandstone, dolerite, basalt, shale, quartz, and limestone as well as iconic red Cambrian soil of northern Heathcote. Well ventilated, warm site with sustainable farming practices and a focus on soil health and balanced vines. Viticulturist is Troy McInnes.

Hand-picked and co-fermented. Wild ferment for approximately 20 days, combination of hand plunging and pumping over. Basket pressed into stainless steel tank for malolactic fermentation. Maturation in seasoned French barriques. Vegan friendly.

ABOUT THIS PRODUCER

Bruce and Jenni Chalmers began growing grapes in the 1980s, with their vineyard in Murray Darling, on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. This diverse and thriving vineyard spawned their nursery business, which is responsible for importing close to 70 new clones and varieties. These varieties were released to Australia in 2000 and have since been a major factor in the improvements in sustainability and quality seen in the Australian wine industry in the last 20 years.

There has always been a focus on Italian varieties, which has been amplified under the next generation; Bruce and Jenni’s daughters Kim and Tennille have been the custodians of the family business since 2005 and 2011, respectively. Under their care, Chalmers purchased an 80- hectare plot in the northern portion Heathcote, where they have been able to find the greatest Australian terroirs for the Italian grapes they’ve been importing and championing for decades. Their success has been largely dependent on
their ability to match Italian grapes to Australian climates, focusing on thick-skinned grapes that are drought tolerant, resistant to sunburn, and have plenty of natural acidity.

Kim and Tennille have been instrumental in the amplification of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine
Show, and in 2015 they also spearheaded 21st Century Vino, an initiative to increase awareness and expertise in Italian varieties grown across Australia. Bruce and Jenni are still ever-involved in the company, “always looking for the next big thing,” as Kim says.

Details:

Vintage 2020
Producer Chalmers Wines
Wine Type Red Wine
Grape(s) Aglianico, Pavana, Lagrein, Teroldego, Piedirosso, Lambrusco Maestri
Appellation Heathcote
Country Australia
Farming Organic, Biodynamic