Splash this in your plastic cup at the beach, or pour generously at a barbecue with friends, a rissole and snag on bread await. Take this and its sibling Montevecchio Bianco and you're sorted.
The Chalmers family have over 20 Italian varieties in the dirt at their Heathcote vineyard, many of which are foreign to wine lovers. But don't sweat on that, enjoy the considered blending that has delivered an easy-going and approachable red.
Handpicked and co-fermented with wild yeast, this is a blend of Aglianico, Pavana, Lagrein, Teroldego, Piedirosso, Lambrusco Masetei (55/23/15/4/2/1). Be immersed in spiced cherries, aniseed and some fine pepper. Good fruit depth along with some weight, there is a crunch from well-handled acidity plus a length that ticks the boxes. That soft black pepper just folds through this wine and seemingly goes on and on. Pour me another.
Drink to three years.