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Chalk Hill Vermentino 2018

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Refreshing, crisp and savoury not unlike green olives, with a lingering persistent flavour. There’s also apples, citrus, minerals and salty sea spray too.
Chalk Hill Vermentino
Wine Specs
Region
McLaren Vale, SA
Vintage
2018
Winery
Chalk Hill
Winemaker
Renae Hirsch
Bling
None yet but we like it!
Alcohol %
12.5
Size
750 mL

A family business for six generations, the Harvey clan have six vineyards spread across Mclaren Vale gong back to 1897.Chalk Hill has a lot of old vine super premium Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache in the ground but are also focused on new varieties well suited to the McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate, like Vermentino, Barbera and Sangiovese.

McLaren Vale, SA

Region

McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowne ...
Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling. The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill ... Read Full Article
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Hot climates hot cultivar: An introduction to Vermentino

Variety

Hot climates hot cultivar: An introduction to Vermentino

The hot vintages of the 2008 and 2009 growing season definitely put South Aussie vineyards ...
The hot vintages of the 2008 and 2009 growing season definitely put South Aussie vineyards through their paces, especially in the hotter regions. For many vignerons these record heat conditions punished vines, stalling flavour development while sugar levels raced ahead. While there have been plenty of good and even exceptional wines made, many of these wines carry the double albatross of excessive alcohol and dead fruit even after reverse osmosis. In hotter regions particularly, many traditional varietals suffered, with low yields, excessive baume and loss of varietal flavour being just some of the side effects. Varieties commonly found in the warme ... Read Full Article
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Chalk Hill

Winery

Chalk Hill

How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?... I don’t kno ...
How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?... I don’t know but I know there are not many roads a man can walk down in McLaren Vale without bumping into a Chalk Hill Vineyard! Region: McLaren ValeProprieter: Tom HarveyEstablished: 1996Address: PO Box 205McLaren ValeSouth Australia, 5171 With 6 plots spread the breadth and width of the Vale Tom Harvey and the Guys at Chalk Hill have the enviable position of being able to plant a diverse range of varietals specific to the different terroir that suits each vineyard. Chalk Hill’s tale has been growing for over 6 generations through the Harvey family and is sti ... Read Full Article
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Hot climates hot cultivar: An introduction to Vermentino
Hot climates hot cultivar: An introduction to Vermentino

The hot vintages of the 2008 and 2009 growing season definitely put South Aussie vineyards through their paces, especially in the hotter regions. For many vignerons these record heat conditions punished vines, stalling flavour development while sugar levels raced ahead.

While there have been plenty of good and even exceptional wines made, many of these wines carry the double albatross of excessive alcohol and dead fruit even after reverse osmosis. In hotter regions particularly, many traditional varietals suffered, with low yields, excessive baume and loss of varietal flavour being just some of the side effects. Varieties commonly found in the warmer parts of Europe fared much better in terms of vine health during the heatwave and fruit quality when picked. I wondered to what extent these extreme vintages would influence the planting of warm climate cultivars like Vermentino and if Vermentino has a viable mainstream future. You may well ask why I wondered,
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Chalk Hill
Chalk Hill

How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?...

I don’t know but I know there are not many roads a man can walk down in McLaren Vale without bumping into a Chalk Hill Vineyard!

Region: McLaren Vale
Proprieter: Tom Harvey
Established: 1996
Address:
PO Box 205
McLaren Vale
South Australia, 5171

With 6 plots spread the breadth and width of the Vale Tom Harvey and the Guys at Chalk Hill have the enviable position of being able to plant a diverse range of varietals specific to the different terroir that suits each vineyard.

Chalk Hill’s tale has been growing for over 6 generations through the Harvey family and is still today committed to hand crafting wines. Wines that show off not just the grape and its surroundings but the character and personality of its creators.   Amidst usual suspects Shiraz and Cabernet,

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McLaren Vale, SA
McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling.

The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill Range to the south. Soil type is varied, ranging from red-brown loam and sand to dark clay and the often-mentioned terra rosa. A misspell of the Italian phrase "terra rossa" (meaning "red soil"), this ruddy-red stuff is left behind when limestone breaks down, and any viticulturist will tell you it's great stuff to grow vines in due

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