Chalmers Heathcote Vineyard, Colbinabbin Vic
Chalmers Merbein Vineyard, Merbein Vic
The Chalmers family pioneered this versatile Sardinian white variety in Australia releasing Australia’s first home-grown wine from the variety in 2004, a wine that was recently cited by Max Allen in Gourmet Traveller magazine as one of the top 20 Australian wines of the past twenty years. There are now almost 60 producers working with vermentino, growing and crafting some amazing wines from a variety which is clearly thriving in many of Australia’s warmer growing regions.
Delicate yet savoury, the 2011 Chalmers vermentino has a nose of clean florals and wet stones. The palate exhibits minerally acidity and balances white nectarine and citrusy fruit with a zesty, dry finish.
GI: Heathcote, Victoria
Food Match: Fried whitebait with parsley, lemon & aioli
2011 Vermentino Tasting Notes
Briny, lemony lift in the bouquet with a hint of sweet, talcy chalk and pepper. Brisk and crisp in the palate - again a briny twang and some lemony intensity, but lithe, tight and lean. Really thirst-slaking in style - you want to neck a heap but know it will go better with something salty or fishy. Great energy too, racing across the palate, finishing with a lemonade-like sweet clip and phenolic crunch. Not for wine nerds, but for pure refreshing pleasure. Go on.
Mike Bennie, Winefront, 20/8/2012
If vermentino is a future star grape in Australia then #wines like the 2011 Chalemrs Heathcote vermentino will be leading the way. #tasty
Winsor Dobbin, Twitter, 21/5/12
This is so distinctly vermentino and an Australian benchmark for this grape. Brilliantly understood and crafted.
for 2010 Vermentino, David Ridge, Adelaide Review
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