"The Chalmers family are increasingly important for diversification of Australian wine and continue, with their suite of ‘other varieties’ from Heathcote, to impress. The extra age on this wine is only a bonus – there tends to be a ‘use by date’ mentality out there in consumer (and trade to some extent) land where aromatic whites need to be of same year to be ‘good’, to which I disagree for the most part, wishing some more time in bottle for most white wines after release (but understanding pecuniary need to release, of course).
Honeycomb, floral notes, touch of reductive funk – great perfume. Engaging and fresh. Crunchy textured, chalky fringes, frisky citrus and apple fruit characters. Finishes good-bitter, tight, tangy. Pretty brisk, almost blink and miss. Zingy. Zap!"
89 Points Wine Front
"Light straw-green; crisp and dry; lemon/lemon zest/herb/stone fruits are all part of a palate that also has lots of texture. Very skilled winemaking."
90 Points Wine Companion
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Chalmers Vermentino 2011
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.
“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.”
2011 Vermentino, Mike Bennie, Winefront
“This is so distinctly vermentino and an Australian benchmark for this grape. Brilliantly understood and crafted.”
2010 Vermentino, David Ridge, Adelaide Review
“It is not often that I am left somewhat speechless in the presence of wine… The Chalmers Vermentino however is a wine that had me lost for words. If you have ever enjoyed an Italian wine, then go and buy some of this. If you have ever enjoyed wine at all, go and buy this...now!”
2008 Vermentino, Ben Knight, www.benandwine.com