The Chalmers Rosato is made from mostly Aglianico with a splash of Nero d’Avola and Sagrantino. All three varieties originate from Southern Italy and are growing on the prized top block at our Heathcote vineyard on Mount Camel Ridge. It’s a wonderfully complex rocky site with green basalt, ironstone, dolerite and fractured limestone. The block gives a distinct elegance and prettiness to the red varieties grown there, even though these varieties are usually more muscular.
The Aglianico portion of this Rose is fermented in old oak barrels, while the other two are co-fermented in tank to retain those bright, lifted and fresh characters. The end result is an imminently drinkable dry and textural rose that’s just not joy in a glass, but a wine that has substance and a savoury interest coming from the qualities of the varieties, the site its grown, and the hands-off approach to wine making.