Other Red Varieties
750 mL Bottle
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.
“The Chalmers Rosato wine seems to be a shape-shifter of sorts, changing variety to suit season and style. This is 100% aglianico, fermented in barrel with naturally occurring yeast. From Heathcote.
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 red 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.”
for 2012 Rosato; Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Food Match: Cured meats and freshly made grissini
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