Hot climates hot cultivar: An introduction to Vermentino

Interested in learning more about Vermentino? Matt Wallace from The Adelaide Review chats about the Oliver’s Taranga and Chalk Hill Vermentinos in the article below…

For Corrina Wright (Oliver’s Taranga in McLaren Vale) the decision to plant Vermentino was confirmed during the Victorian bushfires in 2009. She had shortlisted Vermentino as a white variety with which she could produce a wine of equal quality to the formidable reds she produces. Corrina had ruled out more traditional varieties for not consistently producing exceptional quality of wine in McLaren Vale. Vermentino was on her shortlist because it is “widely planted in warmer parts of Europe like southern Italy, Spain, and warmer parts of France and can produce exceptional wines very well suited to our Mediterranean lifestyle”. Standing in the middle of Chalmers vine nursery on a day where temperatures reached 50 degrees, Corrina watched Shiraz and other traditional vines lying flat and dropping fruit. Vermentino remained healthy and upright. For her, the fact that the variety was already producing some superb wines from the Riverland was also a key factor in the decision to plant. She sees Vermentino as producing lighter wines that are both easy drinking and very food friendly. They commonly offer an accent on lime, lemon-blossom, sea spray, herbal, minerality and bright acidity.

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