88 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY 2023
Nero D’Avola is native to Sicily and the town of Avola, where it is the region’s most planted variety. The nose of this light-bodied Nero is floral, spicy, slightly earthy with a touch of vanilla. The palate resounds with the dark fruits of bright cherry and plum. The light tannins are complimented nicely by a moderate line of acidity that adds interest and depth. The bold flavours of Nero pair beautifully with meals based on beef, duck or perhaps pulled jack fruit as well as spicy foods.
This variety has only been in Australia for around 22 years. Glowing and highly reflective in the glass, it is quite entrancing. There are lovely red and pink rose petals and red cherries – a rose flower garden dappled with red berry fruits.
The bouquet carries wafts of violets, tobacco, raspberries, a little blackberry, leather, spice, vanilla and earth. Also cherries, earth, spice and violet-like florals.
A lighter bodied style of Nero d’Avola at 12.1% alcohol well suited for consumption in summer with a slight chill. Light red with pink hues in the glass signals a wine weighted rather like a pinot or bistro style Sangiovese, the reflective radiance is captivating.
White pepper adds a little spice to the palate which features liquorice, red cherries, red plums, some blackberry, maraschino cherries and earth. There is an enjoyable crunchy acidity invigorating the wine and the tannins are very fine and rather light for a Nero. Although the wine is light bodied the flavour profile holds many levels of interest and continues to offer more as the wine breathes and command an irresistible puckering finale… The mouthfeel is succulent and savoury. An interesting wine to enjoy in late spring/summer accompanied by platters of cheeses, charcuterie, chutneys, relishes and the like.