Well-defined and polished fruit, elegant in some senses, but more in its silkiness. Eldorado Road Comrade Nero D'Avola 2018. It has a certain jubieness, dried rose petals, rhubarb. Nero d'avola is the most important red grape of Sicily, now spreading rapidly throughout Australia. “The wine shows aromas of cherries, raspberry jubes, intense floral aromatics with underlying tobacco leaf,” he wrote. Sicily’s nero d’avola has been leading the pack for sun-loving varieties, rapidly inserting itself into the thinking of growers, winemakers and drinkers alike, with the number of plantings and bottled expressions expanding exponentially. Nero d'Avola from Clare Valley. “Bright palate backing up the same notes… powdery mouth-watering fine tannin, almost chalky. In recent years, plantings have spread to other parts of the world, including Australia, where the Chalmers family nursery imported the first nero d’Avola vines in 1998 (although not … 2018 Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola. “It’s counter-intuitive, but you’re actually able to pick later, but with less alcohol and higher acidity than somewhere cooler… and it develops some quite surprising characters from a place as warm as the Riverland, in that you can still retain this really lovely bright, fresh fruit. A rounded body with a hint of herbs to finish. Great to enjoy with pasta and pizza. “I feel like it’s off to a better start than nebbiolo or sangiovese,” Chalmers says, “because the early nero wines are making more sense straight up. Juicy stylings rule here where tannin is only a small trace that softly adds to the enjoyment.” “Aromas of Asian spices, tobacco leaf, raspberry jubes, cherries and plum fruit notes,” noted Hudak. Comments . The best to date is the Eldorado Road Riserva 2016 (AUD $65), a single-puncheon selection of 100% whole-bunch ferment grapes. “The nose had a lovely levity to it, violet and geranium florals, lush figs, ripe purple fruit paired with more brooding savoury qualities. Perfect summer red wine. Sicily’s leading red variety is overwhelmingly nero d’avola. 1 review. Some breadth on the palate is good to see followed by a gently acid driven finish. Mosele is currently involved in an ambitious project planting 10 hectares of high-density pinot noir vines in Merricks. “Fragrant and lifted aromatics, juicy palate, fresh and clean, easy to drink, nice style for early consumption with lovely varietal characters,” commented Mosele. Der Nero d’Avola hat in den letzten gut 20 Jahren eine bemerkenswerte Karriere hingelegt, was in erster Linie auch mit dem rasanten Aufstieg der Weine Siziliens in Verbindung gebracht werden kann. The palate offers sweet cherry fruit with blood orange and Campari notes. When grown on lighter, sandier soils, nero can be very aromatic and quite pretty, while winemaking methods can also help to accent lifted floral notes and fine red fruits, like pomegranate. And although some of the more familiar Italian names – like nebbiolo, sangiovese and barbera – got an earlier start, it wasn’t until an ambitious project by the Chalmers family to import a raft of vines that a serious exploration of native Italian varieties began in earnest. It is generally too early to be definitive about the 2019 vintage, however, due to the hot summer – it was the second-hottest year on record, globally – there are likely to be some brilliant wines. It has filtered down, which is a pretty big step in 10 years. Sandro Mosele was the founding winemaker at Mornington Peninsula icon Kooyong, driving it to sustained success over his two decades there. Was in der Rebsorte Nero d‘Avola steckt, zeigt unser Il Montelino: Seine Farbe ist tiefdunkel mit rubinroten Reflexen. “Another excellent example of whole bunch in its rightful place. And while Kim Chalmers – Bruce’s daughter and the Wine Operations Manager – admits mono-clonality is not ideal (new vine material is currently in quarantine), she believes that even without that diversity of material, nero has established its identity rapidly and decisively. Good concentration, another interesting drink.” “Dense, dark fruit alongside herbal characters that were very varietal to me,” noted Szyman. There is no critics reviews yet for this vintage. Upgrade to PRO to view data from the last five years. But what stood out for me was that ripe, dark fruit, paired with a minty herbaceous edge and a touch of sarsaparilla. Photo by James Morgan. So, a black grape from a town about as far from the rest of Italy as possible, but oddly the grape is officially known by the name calabrese, pinning it to Calabria – the toe of the Italian boot – where it is barely present, with Sicily accounting for 98 per cent of Italy’s plantings. It wasn’t generally until a little later that some of those home-country traditions were recreated more fully, with areas like the King Valley pivoting from tobacco farming to becoming grape-growing centres. “A cornucopia of red fruits, pomegranate, hibiscus, cranberry and maraschino cherry. Oak Treatment. In Sicily today, light and mid-weight neros rub shoulders with examples that are pushed to full concentration and ripeness – if not as buxom as those of negroamaro and primitivo from Puglia. Eldorado Road. This article by Philip Rich appeared in The Australian Financial Review Magazine, September 2016: The Young Gun of Wine Awards has just chalked up its 10th year and this year’s winner, Josephine Perry from Dormilona in Yallingup, Western Australia, created a couple of firsts. Nero d’Avola Synonym: Calabrese, Calabrese d’Avola, Calabrese Dolce, Calabrese Pizzutello, Calabrese Pizzuto. “Heady aromas of red roses, geraniums, blood plum and baking spices,” wrote Maisano. About this wine The flavours of red berries and spices burst onto the youthful and fresh palate, followed by tight acidity and a lingering finish. We gathered a group of Australia’s finest palates to taste as many local neros as we could to see what makes it tick. On the Tasting Panel, we've seen some beautiful examples from moderate to warm climates like the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Riverland, Heathcote and Murray Darling. It is named after the town of Avola in the southeast, although it has spread throughout the island as its most pervasively planted variety. Gold Medal. It is also a variety that is producing wines of abundant flavour, but ones that are well suited to the tastes of a drinking public that are increasingly interested in elegantly weighted wines. He is currently a second stage Master of Wine student. Marson works with a focus on Italian varieties, both from the home vineyard, as well as sourced from north-east Victoria. “It’s a variety that needs the heat, not necessarily as hot as the Riverland, it could be the Barossa or McLaren Vale, but I think it needs that heat to properly ripen the tannins.”. Benchmark. Australia is vast, with our climate richly diverse. Some varieties don’t even get there in thirty years.”. 13.3 % 750 ml. Nero d’Avola is a dark-skinned grape hailing from southern Sicily. Internationally, it is Sicily’s most important red grape, and is also grown in California. The dusty tannins are elevated by a full yet light body. A balanced wine. Maisano is a VIA Italian Wine Ambassador, Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Sommelier, WSET Diploma holder and WSET Certified Educator. I think it does have its own special place.”. Really pleasant drink, showing a bit more complexity while still remaining in that high-approachability camp.”, Szyman: “Another wine that landed in what I would call ‘nero nouveau’ category. The interplay of tannins and meatiness make for a seductive wine.”, Maisano: “Opulent bouquet of blood plum, red cherry, geraniums and tobacco leaves. When you join our wine community as a Paid Member, you’ll get access to all of my Nero d’Avola wine reviews. 2017 Nero d'Avola Morgante von Morgante aus Italien. Not much tannin but mouth coating and persistent. This wine had particularly high acid with nice tannins, with pleasantly sweet cherry characters and good length on the palate. Aside from the possibility of vine material being imported illicitly, all of those vines were propagated from the one clone, which was selected for Chalmers by Dr Antonini from a vineyard in Vittoria, Ragusa. Mount Horrocks Nero d'Avola Watervale, Australia. The first is fragrant and crunchy, light to medium bodied, almost like Pinot Noir. By 2008, vines had been planted in the Riverland, Riverina, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Queensland’s Granite Belt, while cuttings were being held in quarantine in Western Australia. Nero d’Avola is a red grape variety indigenous to Sicily, where it is the region’s most planted variety. Over its 200-odd year history, Australia has primarily relied on classic noble grape varieties to drive the industry, most of them French. Nero d'Avola (Italian pronunciation: [ˈneːro ˈdaːvola]; 'Black of Avola' in Italian) is "the most important red wine grape in Sicily" and is one of Italy's most important indigenous varieties. Nero d’Avola passt hervorragend zu klassischen italienischen Gerichten wie Pizza oder Pasta, je kräftiger der Wein, umso besser lässt sich dieser auch mit würzigen Speisen, wie Gegrilltem, Steak, Lamm oder Gulasch, kombinieren. A little heat on the back makes me think of some modern styles of new world grenache. The Chalmers family are responsible for importing and supplying all the nero d’avola vines in Australia. Australia, Victoria, North East Victoria North East Victoria. Im Bouquet Waldfrüchte, Vanille und ein Hauch von Eukalyptus. A really drinkable style, could possibly be served a little chilled on those hotter days.”, This featured in four of the panellists’ top-six lists, with Hudak rating it as his wine of the day. Will Dyer and Kara Maisano. Jumpy red juice lovers will be entirely satisfied.” “Deep and dark aromas of mulberry, red cherry, raspberry and violets,” noted Maisano. Today, there are over 50 vineyards with nero in the ground. “Warming body and alcohol are balanced with a crunchy acidity and fine chalky tannins. Some proliferated in the sunny south, others found refuge in the mountains and further north, while many remain scattered throughout. She was the Gourmet Traveller Wine Young Sommelier of the Year for 2018. Our nero d’avola tasting at Grossi Florentino in Melbourne. Lobenberg: Schönes Purpurrot. “There’s a lovely sweetness of fruit on the nose, voluptuous purple fruit with a hint of sweet spice and matchstick smoke. Vast volumes of Nero d'Avola are produced on the island every ye ... Stores and prices for '2019 Bellwether Nero d'Avola Rose, Riverland' | prices, stores, tasting notes and market data. However, unlike some that went for this kind of style, this wine had a bit of meat on its bones. Red cherry and plum flavours, with gentle spices and nice acidity. Nero d'Avola from Clare Valley. But there was another group of wines that had a bit of blood orange, had a bit of what I thought were characters derived from whole bunch, which added something interesting.”, “What was really interesting to me was seeing the regionality in the wines,” added Chalmers. $18.96. “It makes sense viticulturally in a lot of the drier warmer areas, using about half the water of other varieties,” says Chalmers. Groceries. A lovely bright example with interesting finish, very drinkable right now.”, Dyer: “This goes next level with dizzy perfume – feeling and looking a little like sticky, bunchy shiraz. Length of flavour and fruit intensity with the acidity following through to the finish.”, “A balanced style, with dark colour and cherries dominating on the nose as well as some pretty floral character, predominantly lavender,” wrote Marson. It can take those eight-day-long 40-degree heatwaves, and the variety is actually tolerant of that.”. Seductive on the palate, with juicy acidity that rolls on the tongue. If you love full-bodied dry reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah then Nero d’Avola (“nair-oh davo-la”) is your buddy. Check with the merchant for stock availability. No doubt adapting over time, nero d’avola has become perfectly suited to local conditions, with it tolerating heat stress like few – if any – other varieties. Australien Chile Deutschland Frankreich Italien Neuseeland Österreich Portugal Spanien Südafrika Sekt & Co. 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