'Dr in the House' - Dott. handmade by Chalmers 3 Pack - 500ml

'Dr in the House' - Dott. handmade by Chalmers 3 Pack - 500ml

95.00

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Chalmers Dott. Malvasia Istriana - Heathcote, Victoria  500ml

Chalmers Dott. Pavana - Heathcote, Victoria  500ml

Chalmers Dott. Schioppettino - Heathcote, Victoria  500ml

 

 

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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!


Chalmers Dott. Malvasia Istriana - Heathcote, Victoria  500ml
33.50

The Story

Considered the finest quality member of the vast malvasia family, malvasia Istriana hails from Friuli where it makes fine, elegant, aromatic and mineral wines. It is mainly grown on clay/lime soils at low elevation in Friuli but it is said to produce the best results in the free draining gravelly plains of Friuli Grave or on harder hillside sites where the variety’s natural vigour is tamed.  

M+Q Notes

2017 Malvasia Istriana is golden straw coloured and has delicate spiced apple, lemon and hay aromas with a crisp, mineral palate of fresh cut red apple, fine structure and pleasant acidity. A truly delicious wine that we can't rate highly enough!

Food suggestion

Salt Baked Fish



Chalmers Dott. Pavana - Heathcote, Victoria  500ml
33.50

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


Chalmers Dott. Schioppettino - Heathcote, Victoria  500ml
33.50

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