Chalmers Heathcote Vineyard, Colbinabbin Vic
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Lagrein comes from the foothills of the Alps, so growing it in inland Australia seems strange. But dig a little deeper and you find similarities that seem to explain why the variety has been performing so well in it’s unusual new home. Although the Trentino/Alto Adige region in northern Italy where Lagrein originates is sub-alpine with a full covering of snow in winter, the vineyards are planted in south-facing valleys which have summer daytime temperatures in the mid to high 30s. Yet due to their elevation they have cool crisp nights. Just like the desert climate in the Murray Darling. Early signs for Heathcote Lagrein are very promising with the wines from the new site showing more bracing acidity and sturdy tannin.
The 2009 lagrein is a delicate expression of the variety in comparison to our earlier vintages.It is a medium violety purple hue in the glass and with pretty aromas of dark forest fruits. The palate blends plum, dark berry and herbal notes with meaty savouriness, finishing with long silky tannins.
GI: Murray Darling, New South Wales
Food Match: Venison with roasted baby root vegetables
2009 Lagrein Tasting Notes
Blazing crimson colour. And the palate comes jammed with juicy, ripe berry flavours, in a matrix with abundant, silk-smooth tannins. What a sexy, seductive and different wine it is.
for 2006 Lagrein, Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times
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