Chalk Hill Vermentino 2018
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
Hot climates hot cultivar: An introduction to Vermentino
Lip-smacking snapper, polenta and Asian greens. Complex and worth it.
Ingredients2 x 180g snapper filets, skin on Paprika Salt and pepper Polenta Triangles: 150g medium polenta 450-500ml cold water 20-30g grated parmesan cheese Salt and pepper Asian Vegetables: 100g wong bok, julienned 50g julienne carrot 50g julienne snow peas 25g julienne salad onion 25g bean sprouts 6-8 coriander leaves, torn or chopped 6-8 mint leaves, torn or chopped Half a long red chilli, fine sliced Knob of fresh ginger, peeled and fine sliced Several good dashes of sesame oil Garnish Japanese pickled ginger Lemon wedge Julienne eschalot greens, curled in water
MethodAssemble your equipment; you want a flat tray like a biscuit sheet, a home deep fryer if possible, a saucepan, a sauté pan or two, and a wok, or a large sauté
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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