I LOVE everything about this wine: from the label to where the fruit is grown (Heathcote) and the co-fermented blend of vermentino, fiano and moscato giallo. Montevecchio means old mountain, a reference to the vineyard’s ancient soils and the result is a super-bright, fresh white with a touch of phenolics adding weight. The fiano brings texture, minerality and white-blossom notes; the vermentino lively acidity, citrus nuances and sea spray. The moscato giallo has lovely aromatics from ginger to musk. Its texture means it can handle a range of dishes, from onion bhajia to korma. The Saturday Age Jane Faulkner 5th November.
From the meticulously tended Chalmers Heathcote vineyard comes the Montevecchio range of wines. The site is perfectly situated on the east facing slope of the Mt Camel Range, comprised of the famous red earth of the region. The name Montevecchio translates literally as ‘old mountain’ referring to the ancient Cambrian origins of these soils.
The Chalmers’ years of experience in viticulture, and their passion for Italian varieties is matched by the care and expertise of winemaker Sandro Mosele. Sandro’s minimal intervention style allows the varieties and terroir to shine through in these food friendly wines.
The Bianco and Rosso are both co-fermented field blends made from parcels of fruit hand selected from some of the 12 varieties planted across the 20 hectares under vine. The Moscato is made from 100% Moscato Giallo, a superior moscato selection imported by Chalmers from northern Italy.