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 made rosato from almost every Italian red on their farm. But since 2015 they’ve settled on only sourcing the grapes from the highest and most treasured block on their Heathcote property which is home to plantings of aglianico, sagrantino & nero d’Avola.
The 2017 Rosato is a versatile wine that can simply be enjoyed on its own on a warm sunny day or matched perfectly to cured meats or antipasto. Being both pretty and textured, yet offering great acidity and length, it would also be at home with more substantial dishes.