Showing posts with label Nero D'avola. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nero D'avola. Show all posts

Monday, August 24, 2015

2014 Coriole Nero D'Avola

Another great Nero D'avola hailing from McLaren Vale. Made in a fresh and easy drinking style this wine is very approachable and ready to drink right away. Coriole are helping to lead the way in the production of great wines from Italian varietals in this region.

Bright fresh red fruit aromas, with plenty of cherry, mingle with some light spicy notes and a hint of aniseed. Silky soft tannins with decent palate length. Found myself going for a second glass pretty quick. Paired very well with pan seared duck breast.

Price:      $22
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Nero D'avola
Tasted:    August 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.coriole.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

2014 Unico Zelo Nero D'avola

Grapes have been sourced from a vineyard in Riverland, SA and underwent 30% whole bunch fermentation prior to ageing in old oak. Another interesting good value wine from Unico Zelo.

Fresh cherry and dark berry nose with some funkier elements at play. Soft tannins and mild acidity make this an easy drinker. A decent wine for the price.

Price:      $23
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Nero D'avola
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    91
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

Monday, May 4, 2015

2013 Hither & Yon Nero Davola

Made by brother winemakers Richard and Malcolm Leask in McLaren Vale, this is a great example of one of my favorite new varietals being produced in Australia. Nero D'avola, originally from Italy, seems well suited to the Vale. I look forward to watching the progression of this grape variety here in Australia.

Plenty of raspberry and cherry to be had on the nose. Good varietal expression. With lush round tannins and fruit forward appeal, this is dangerously easy to drink. Drinking excellent right now and would likely do well with plenty of tomato based pasta dishes.

Price:      $20
Source:   The End Bar, West End (by the glass)
Varietal:  Nero D'avola
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.hitherandyon.com.au

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2011 Feudo Di Santa Tresa Avulsi Nero D'avola

As I've been drinking a fair bit of Australian Nero D'avola lately, I wanted to refresh my memory on how it's done in Sicily.  Didn't hurt that I was looking for a sixth wine to get that great discount associated with buying in multiples of six.

Right away I got tobacco and blackcurrant/cassis, a very savory nose.  The palate was nice, if short lived.  Nice soft round tannins and more savory notes. This developed over a couple of glasses and provided some interest for me, but certainly didn't blow me away.  I wouldn't buy this by the bottle again at this price point, but would be happy to have another go on a wine list if I were eating the right food.

Price:     $30 
Varietal: Nero D'avola
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.santatresa.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2013 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Nero D'avola

This grape varietal from Sicily is starting to make waves here in Australia, and I can see why.  It is well suited for a hot and dry climate, and seems to be growing very well here in the  McLaren Vale region.  Nero D'avola is always one of the wines I think about when eating pizza and pasta. This one paired well with my homemade pizza, topped with sausage, red onion and portobello mushrooms.

Nice nose with lots of raspberry and floral, possibly lavender, notes. It has juicy soft tannins and the palate gives off more raspberry with a hint of cherry.  A very enjoyable wine.  Having taken this to a few parties, I can say this is a  crowd pleaser and a great drink now red wine.

Price:     $30
Varietal: Nero D'avola
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.handcraftedbygeoffhardy.com.au/