Chalmers’ Dott wines are built to challenge the idea that grapes traditionally grown in Italy’s generally cooler north can’t thrive in more arid climes, like Heathcote. Picked ultra-fresh, this rendition of the great Friulian grape is alive with citrus, apple and herb flavours borne along an electric rail of acidity.
With a noticeably pale greenish colour, this also registers at a low 11.5% alcohol. The nose is driven by cool flavours of cut herbs, hops, tart green apple, grapefruit, lime pith and chilled cucumber. The palate echoes the nose, with the wine sitting light and vibrant in the mouth, bustling along with vibrant citric acidity and a drying pucker, offering amply quenching refreshment value.
Themes of this wine
A grape native to Friuli in north-western Italy and bordering Slovenia, ribolla gialla is often used in blends, where is contributes citrus notes and plenty of acidity. It is also a grape that has commonly been used to make skin-contact wines, becoming something of a darling of the Italian natural wine movement.
Heathcote is rugged country, a tinder-dry landscape of rusty iron-rich soils littered with sculpturally stacked granitic boulders. It’s mythical territory, ancient land, and home to some of the world’s oldest viticultural soils. But as a wine region, it is a relatively young one, which saw an explosion of growth in the 90s. Shiraz led the charge, and it became Victoria’s answer to the Barossa or McLaren Vale, producing wines of significant power. But Heathcote is very different to both those places, and it is not that easily defined. Today, shiraz finds myriad expressions, and many other varieties are taking a firm grip, especially those suited to dry and warm climes.