Lambrusco is a dirty word in the eyes of many a wine connoisseur because of it’s huge popularity as a cheap and cheerful quaff, especially in the 70s and 80s, but a dedicated bunch of fine Italian producers from Emilia-Romagna have been working hard over the last decade or two to change perceptions about what Lambrusco can be. There is a small but strong movement emerging whose mission is to produce and promote more structured, dry Lambrusco wines. And no wonder – because the variety makes a divine drop when treated with care and attention.
The 2014 Chalmers Lambrusco is intensely fragrant showing purple florals, tobacco, blackcurrant fruit and sweet spices of vanilla, cinnamon and clove. The palate shows bright fruit with savoury notes, refreshing acidity and a lasting tannic grip and fine persistent fizz.
“That sickly sweet Lambrusco of the ‘70s and ‘80s is gone but slowly being forgotten thanks to winemakers like the Chalmers family in Heathcote. This is a beauty, with a delicate fizz and cassis and sarsparilla-like flavours that flow across the palate. Chill Well”
Chris Morrison, Sunday Herald Sun, October 2017
GI: Heathcote, Victoria