The Dott range are small batch and small bottles of varieties that are new and still in the experimental phase. This Schioppettino is delicious. Brilliant colour. Bright nose of raspberry and blackberry. Hints of pepper and fruit cake. The palate is dense but with nice acid. This wine is equally delicious with a slight chill on it too. Which makes it perfect for summer.
For more than 20 years, the Chalmers are passionate about finding, importing and encouraging the use of grape varieties that will suit the Australian climate. They have multiple sites in Central Victoria and are directly or indirectly responsible a large amount of the locally made Italian varieties we can now enjoy.
The glamour region of Victoria for lovers of big reds. And the core production is Shiraz and Cabernet with ‘guts’. But it is a region that offers a lot of diversity when you scratch the surface. The cooler southern parts border Macedon and make lovely aromatic wines. There is a lot of experimentation and adoption of more drought resistant Italian varieties to great effect too.
In 1977 the Schioppettino was saved from oblivion in its home of Friuli. Nowadays Schioppettino has its own sub-zone and is growing in size and popularity. You can also find Schioppettino in Slovenia where it’s called pocaza. The wines are reminiscent of Pinot Noir or Syrah. They tend to be lower alcohol and higher in acidity. They tend to have characters of violets, red berries, pepper, and earthiness. Also known as Ribolla Nera locally.