Australia's Best Nero d'Avola

November 29, 2020

Swift + Moore Beverages are proud to represent three of 'Australia's Best Nero d’Avola' wines awarded by 'Young Gun Of Wine'

Nero d’Avola is a bold, medium to full bodied Sicilian red, likely to appeal to fans of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Nero d’Avola has spread well beyond its Sicilian home including Australia in the 1990s.

“Australia is vast, with our climate richly diverse. And our wine regions are just as varied, with grapes grown in some cool and lofty places, as well as those low-lying and relentlessly hot. And with those hot places not looking like cooling down anytime soon, growers around the country are turning to varieties that don’t just tolerate the heat, but genuinely relish it.”

'Young Gun Of Wine' gathered a group of Australia's 'finest palates' in a blind local nero d’avola tasting where Matriarch & Rogue, Kirrihill Wines and Fox Gordon have all been recognised.

Credit: @younggunofwine. Photography by @morgophoto.

2019 Matriarch & Rogue Nero d’Avola, Riverland

While missing out on top spot, Hudak gave this near top billing. “The wine shows floral rose petal aromas with raspberry jelly, red cherries, brambly redcurrant notes and subtle, well-handled oak nuances. The palate offers fleshy fruit, fine textural tannins that meld into the overall feel of the wine, the mouthfeel is generous and is more about profiling the fruit than the winemaker’s hand. Length of flavour and fruit intensity with the acidity following through to the finish.”

2019 Kirrihill ‘Piccoli Lotti’ Nero d’Avola, McLaren Vale

“A balanced style, with dark colour and cherries dominating on the nose as well as some pretty floral character, predominantly lavender,” wrote Marson. “Good length and a nice balance of acid and tannin.” “Great nose,” commented Chalmers, “bright dark cherry, good tannin (without oak? Or very sensitive oak use). Savoury, mid-weight, good density, nice herbal note, but definitely ripe. Good persistence. Sweeter fruited and a bit more of that rounded mid-palate warmth …a good example of a darker more savoury wine.”

2018 Fox Gordon ‘The Dark Prince’ Nero d’Avola, McLaren Vale

Cardelli: “Notes of dried tomato, rhubarb, cherries, dried herbs and graphite mineral note. Nice tannin presence on the palate, without being too aggressive nor assertive. Well-defined and polished fruit, elegant in some senses, but more in its silkiness. An interesting drop with an interesting appealing finish.”


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