Chalmers Heathcote Vineyard, Colbinabbin Vic
Chalmers Merbein Vineyard, Merbein Vic
Chalmers’ first rosato wine was released in 2009, from the variety negroamaro. When vintage 2010 came around the sagrantino fruit looked better than the negroamaro, so that became the rosato variety of the year. Since then Chalmers have decided to continue this selection process, so that the grapes used for the rosato will be governed by whichever variety looks best for rose style wine in any given season.
The 2012 rosato is 100% Aglianico; vibrant onion skin in hue, it offers pretty rose petal, candied orange and spice aromas and a fleshy, savoury palate with creamy barrel ferment characters that build texture and complexity. It finishes refreshingly dry with a pleasant tannic lick and lingering hints of red fruit.
GI: Heathcote, Victoria
Food Match: Cured meats and freshly made grissini
2012 Rosato Tasting Notes
Pale salmon pink colour and pretty aromas leap from the glass. It has that wet rose petal scent with musk sticks, cinnamon/clove and wild berry fruit overlaid. It's a touch slippery in texture, just a hint of oiliness, with bright red berry fruit character, neat and lightly sloshed around the palate. There's some good mandariny acid tension too - it keeps the wine perky. The finish is stony and chalky, whipping things dry. Reset. This feels well crafted and cared for, an excellent summer wine but with substance and detail of mineral, fruit, acid and kind phenolic grippiness. Good stuff. 92 points.
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 18/10/2012
A gorgeous pale onion hue is enticing in the glass. A hint of red fruit and a decent savoury kick starts the sip, but what sets this rose apart from others is its texture and comples palate. A touch of fruit sweetness and creaminess adds to the mouthfeel with just the right tannic grip on the finish. Drink chilled with seafood pho.
Jane Faulkner, The Age, 22/9/12
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