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2016 Chalmers Rosato Aglianico

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Rosato basically means Rose, and this offering from Chalmers is made from a blend of the central Italian red grape Sagrantino and the southern Italian red grape Aglianico. It's a drier style of Rose, but it does have some sweet red fruit flavours, a touch of soft spice and florals on the nose. The palate is light and quite fruity, with fresh acidity, a chalky texture, and a fresh, slightly grippy finish - but in a good way! This would be great with a range of foods, such as charcuterie, or a piece of poached salmon.

Winemaker's Notes

In 2016, the Chalmers family sourced the grapes for their Rosato from the highest altitude, most prized block at their Heathcote site. A unique blend from two savoury and tannic varieties; Sagrantino (70%) and Aglianico (30%). Both parcels of fruit were hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, and vinified separately with the Sagrantino parcel fermented in stainless steel tank, and the Aglianico parcel fermented in old French barriques. Both parcels were wild fermented with no acid additions, and blended together once dry.

The 2016 Chalmers Rosato has a vibrant, pomegranate hue, with pretty aromas of red fruit. The palate is generous yet dry and textural with notes of spice and candied peel. The two blended parcels of Sagrantino and Aglianico make for a balanced and complete wine, and a perfect summer drink.

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2016 Chalmers Rosato Aglianico

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light coloured, an expressive bouquet with strawberry flowers, and light-bodied flavours in the same vein.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
87
The Wine Front says
Pale salmon pink colour and pretty aromas leap from the glass. It has that wet rose petal scent with musk sticks, cinnamon/clove and wild berry fruit overlaid. It's a touch slippery in texture, just a hint of oiliness, with bright red berry fruit character, neat and lightly sloshed around the palate. There's some good mandariny acid tension too - it keeps the wine perky. The finish is stony and chalky, whipping things dry. Reset. This feels well crafted and cared for, an excellent summer wine but with substance and detail of mineral, fruit, acid and kind phenolic grippiness. Good stuff.
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 18/10/2012.
92

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