Cirami Estate is a winemaking initiative of the Riverland Vine Improvement Committee Inc (RVIC), a not-for-profit organisation and one of the largest producers of vine propagation material in Australia. RVIC is committed to ensuring diversity within the Australian wine industry, and continually trials imported alternative varieties for their potential introduction into Australia. Cirami Estate has proudly provided unconventional wines to the public since 2011.
Named after vine research pioneer, Richard Cirami, Cirami Estate was created to showcase the potential of alternative varieties grown in the warm inland region of the Riverland. Cirami Estate produces small batches of wine from fruit that is grown exclusively on-site, and made purely from single alternative varieties.
Cirami Estate wines are produced by winemaker, Eric Semmler, who was named 2013 Winestate Australian Winemaker of the Year.
Cirami Estate is renowned for the new and unusual varieties it has produced, and it strives to produce a unique wine every year.
In 2018, Cirami Estate produced a small trial batch of alfrocheiro, a dark-skinned red variety imported from Portugal; the variety is noted for its intense fruit aromas and high-quality potential. This year, Cirami Estate has produced a small make of arinto, another import from Portugal celebrated for its high acidity, drought tolerance and adaptability in winemaking opportunities.
In 2018, the Cirami Estate 2015 Saperavi was awarded the ‘Golden Azarpesha’ in the Saperavi World Prize held in Tbilisi, Georgia; the team at Cirami Estate was extremely proud to receive such a significant accolade. Saperavi has remained an incredibly popular variety for Cirami Estate, made in four of the last five vintages.
Over the past few years, Cirami Estate’s selection of wine has grown in popularity, and the company is quickly becoming one to watch. Keep an eye on Cirami Estate – you never know what might be coming up.
⇐ 2017 Cirami Estate Macabeo (Viura)
This wine has aromas of green apple and pear, soft white peach, wheat and a hint of floral rose. The palate is zesty and fresh with a soft texture, while delicate flavours of pome, citrus and stone fruit are complemented by a lightly floral finish.
⇐ 2018 Cirami Estate Saperavi
This saperavi has intense roasted beetroot aromas, featuring hints of floral rose, rich red berry and fresh mint perfume overlaid with dark chocolate and molasses notes. The palate is intensely savoury and umami, balanced by long, peppery tannins and an extended firm finish.
⇐ 2016 Cirami Estate Montepulciano
Inky and dense with a rich beetroot hue, this intensely perfumed montepulciano has a savoury nose with aromatic black and white pepper, cinnamon and anise notes, as well as a hint of tobacco and mint. The rich, savoury palate features sweet berry compote, stewed plum, spices, liquorice and chocolate flavours. The beautifully layered tannins are even, long and firm providing a silky texture and a clean finish.
⇐ 2019 Cirami Estate Arinto
Featuring fresh citrus notes, this wine also contains hints of pineapple and tropical aromas of fresh pea, white floral and sage. White peach and subtle herbal notes combine to create balance. The texture is full and ends with a crisp finish.