"The 2011 Nero d’Avola is from the first vintage at the new Heathcote vineyard and is Chalmers’ second dry red wine from the variety. It’s deliberately made in a young drinking,
lifted red - fruit style reminiscent of the Cerasuolo wines. This wine shows a vibrant fruits-of-the-forest and blueberry nose with pretty rosehip aromatics. The medium - bodied
palate marries savoury boysenberry fruit with chalky tannins, sweet spice and just a touch of blood orange." WineMaker's Note
"Italian varietal red from one of Heathcote’s most interesting producers.
Excellent mid-palate flavour and straight-up appeal but nothing to elevate it beyond that. Juicy, high acidity on jubey cherry-plum-licorice fruit. Crimson, light-ish colour, medium-weight and good general drinking appeal."
88 Points Wine Front
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Chalmers Nero d'Avola 2011
This workhorse variety from Sicily was first brought into Australia by Chalmers in 1998. Since then there has been a lot of talk in the industry about the variety potentially being the ‘next big thing’ here. It earned the hype due to the suitability of the vine to hot, dry growing conditions as well as the versatility and characteristics of the wines to be made from it. The first Australian wine from the variety was released by Chalmers in 2009, from their original Euston vineyard, now they’re growing it at both their new sites in Heathcote and Mildura.
The 2011 Chalmers nero d’Avola is deliberately made in a young drinking, lifted red-fruit style reminiscent of the Cerasuolo wines of Vittoria. This wine shows a vibrant fruits-of-the-forest and blueberry nose with pretty rosehip aromatics.
The medium-bodied palate marries savoury boysenberry fruit with chalky tannins, sweet spice and just a touch of blood orange.
"Kim Chalmers and her family now have two vintages under their belts at their new vineyard in Heathcote, proving that the Italian varieties they pioneered on the hot banks of the Murray River back in the early 2000s are also well suited to the rich red soil of central Victoria. The juicy, slurpy red wines produced from nero d’Avola grapes grown at this vineyard in 2011 point to a very exciting future here.”
Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller
“Nero d’Avola: A Southern Italian variety from Sicily, and a little leaner in profile for red wines, but with much more savoury kick. Slow on the uptake in Australia, but Brown Brothers and Chalmers have commercial releases that truly sing, albeit that they are lighter styles, but that’s part of the appeal.”
Mike Bennie, Best of the Best 2011, Gourmet Traveller
"Ahh juicy and refreshing. Seriously. Sits in the palate with a washy, loose concentration but squares up and pinches with orange-citrus acidity and a thread of feathery tannins. Smells delicious – dark berry fruit, undergrowth, dried currents. Shows some of the same flavours in the palate, a dark, broodiness sitting under the coolness and freshness. There’s no elegance here, but there is huge drinkability. And for that, it’s oh so worthy."
92 Points Mike Bennie, Wine Front