Chalmers Dott. Pavana - Heathcote, Victoria  500ml

Chalmers Dott. Pavana - Heathcote, Victoria  500ml


The Story

The rarest grape in the Chalmers collection, pavana caught Dr. Rod’s attention during a mid-1990s tenure at Udine University.  Only a handful of pavana vineyards now remain in Italy, mostly in Valsugana which bridges Trentino and Veneto, but it was once widely planted in these areas when the region was part of Austria where much of the pavana wine was consumed.  Being a pale, perfumed and herbal light red it wasn’t favoured by the Italian’s once the region passed to Italian rule so pavana became unviable and was removed from most vineyards.

M+Q Notes

The pretty garnet coloured 2017 Pavana has intense fragrance of fresh wild raspberry and Darjeeling tea leaves. The palate is light and vibrant with rhubarb, rosehip and geranium characters backed by a subtle tannin structure around a long acid line. Pass me that glass of Pavana now!

Food Suggestion

Prosciutto and cheese

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The Dott. Story

Every now and again we come across something that hits new heights: it's no surprise really Chalmers have been producing wine focused on individual varietals, each with their own unique personality that forms the core of the family’s vine production. This 3 pack of Dott. is handmade by Chalmers from estate grown fruit that was inspired by the late Dr. Rod Bonfiglioli a passionate, eccentric scientist whose dogged determination and visionary foresight brought so much colour, interest and integrity to Australian wine. He sought out these rare grapes, seeing promise long before others.

The choice of grape varieties in the Dott. range challenges the concept of homoclimes as the
most beneficial place to establish grape varieties in new locations. Through years of open-minded experimentation Chalmers have discovered that sometimes translating a grapevine to a new environment can give surprising and beautiful results, often producing a wine which is truly unique from its ancestors in Europe yet still achieving quality and authenticity. A new expression, a truly Australian wine which speaks of its own place and time.  

The Dott. range encapsulates this idea, taking grape varieties that originate in the humid and oceanic North East of Italy and growing them in the inland dry climate and red, mineral rich soils of northern Heathcote. 

These wines are truly exceptional and are one of the best wines we have tried this year!