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The Chalmers family are proud of their heritage as visionary vine importers and grape growers. Their sense of adventure and spirit of sharing have helped shape today's colorful Australian wine scene.
Site(s): Estate vineyard at Colbinabbin, northern Heathcote
Vintage notes: After a dry spring and early summer, enough rain came to keep vines healthy and yields in relative abundance. With cooler weather near harvest, picking was late this year, resulting in a combination of rich aromatics and still fresh acidity.
Vineyard notes: East facing sloped site, 150-170m elevation with red Cambrian soil. Greco clone imported by Chalmers in 2002 and planted at Heathcote in 2010 in east-west row orientation at 4545 vines per hectare on unilateral cordon, spur pruned VSP. Farming is sustainable, focused on soil health and balanced vines. Viticulturist is Troy McInnes.
Winemaking: Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed. Long, slow, wild ferment in stainless steel barrels, then 10 months aging in old French oak puncheons. 50ppm sulfur dioxide added pre-ferment and 70ppm once dry.
LEGEND tasting notes: A fully bodied style of greco, with balancing texture and acidity. Ripe apple, poached quince, and fresh quandong (a native red peach) on the nose, with a toasted wattle seed nuttiness on the palate. Pithy and mouthwatering, bold and intense.
Label design: Labels by Melbourne agency Marylin & Sons. The greco always throws substantial acid
crystals (tartrates) in the winemaking process. The label image is a texture based on the tartrate crystal
formation inside the tank walls after fermentation.
Production size: 175 dozen