Chalmers Inzolia Bush Vine 2022
Part of Chalmers ‘Bush Vine’ project, an innovative approach to climate change, Inzolia is a variety that originates in the warm climate of Sicily. The vineyard is unirrigated, organically managed, hand-harvested (and weeded) and the bush vines provide a natural sun protection for this drought-tolerant variety. The aromas remind me of walking in an orange grove – fragrant blossoms, waxy, ripe fruit and a lively verdancy. It’s also intensely chalky, like crushing limestone between your fingers. In the mouth it’s slippery and silky with the illusion of lemon meringue tart – there’s the silky, fluffy meringue and tart lemon custard- but it’s not at all sweet. There’s an umami-like sensation and it finishes long and mineral, with a hint of golden delicious apples, hay, and almond meal. A fascinating wine to ponder but also perfectly suited to a laid-back summer spread.