2018 Chalmers Wines "Felicitas" Traditional Method, Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
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ABOUT THIS WINE
East facing sloped site, 150-170m elevation with red Cambrian soil. Fiano clone imported by Chalmers in 2002 and planted at Heathcote in 2009 iFarming is sustainable, focused on soil health and balanced vines.
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, fermented in stainless steel. Traditional method, 32 months on lees, disgorged in November 2020, zero dosage
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Bruce and Jenni Chalmers began growing grapes in the 1980s, with their vineyard in Murray Darling, on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. This diverse and thriving vineyard spawned their nursery business, which is responsible for importing close to 70 new clones and varieties. These varieties were released to Australia in 2000 and have since been a major factor in the improvements in sustainability and quality seen in the Australian wine industry in the last 20 years.
There has always been a focus on Italian varieties. Their success has been largely dependent on their ability to match Italian grapes to Australian climates, focusing on thick-skinned grapes that are drought tolerant, resistant to sunburn, and have plenty of natural acidity.