Chalmers Dott. Schioppettino - Heathcote, Vic 500ml

Chalmers Dott. Schioppettino - Heathcote, Vic 500ml


The Story

Almost extinct in the early 20th Century, schioppettino was lovingly revived in the 1970s and now flourishes mostly in Prepotto along the Judrio Valley close to the Slovenian border in the warm, temperate and rainy Colli Orientali del Friuli. The delicate variety is prized for its overt and distinctive white pepper and spice notes and firm but fine tannins.

M+Q Notes

The 2017 Schioppettino is bursting with white pepper and Dutch speculaas spice aromas with a hint of jasmine and woodsy notes. The medium bodied palate reiterates the anise, cinnamon and cardamom spices with cedar oil, blackcurrant and Davidson plum flavours supported by medium grain tannins giving a lingering dry finish. Ticks every box at M+Q wines.

Food suggestion

Parmesan, herb crumbed lamb cutlets

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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!