Vineyard – The Chalmers Heathcote Vineyard is an east facing sloped site comprised of the famous red Cambrian soils of the area. The lower vineyard is deep red clay-loam while the higher vineyard is complex rocky terrain of ironstone, dolerite, green basalt and jasper. Chalmers aim to follow organic farming principles where possible and are running interesting trials using organic herbicides.
Winemaking – Bunches were destemmed, leaving the berries as intact as possible. Wild yeasts were allowed to complete the fermentation, with the berries being pushed under the juice by hand once or twice a day, before being basket pressed to barrel. There have been no additions to this wine apart from minimal sulphur, and there has been no fining or filtration. This wine was still fairly active when bottled, and while it’s not exactly a Pet Nat, it’s quite spritzy. – Blood Moon Wines