2012 Capisce Nero d'Avola
A number of countries around the world have adopted a signature grape variety – Carmenere in Chile, Tempranillo in Spain and Malbec in Argentina. Sicily has Nero d’Avola.
With nearly a quarter of the ancient Italian island’s vineyard area ‘the black grape of Avola’ has been a feature of the enigmatic island’s landscape for centuries. Nero thrives in the Sicilian warmth: a rugged coastline and amber, sun-drenched land thick with scents of wild sage and mountain fennel; the rustic land of the proud paesano and grottos of the goodfellas. Vineyards bask in ancient white sands and are bathed in briny Mediterranean coastal breezes. Sounding a bit familiar? OK, without the dark underworld crime element... The parallels with the Italian isle inspired the journey with Nero: it’s at home in our dry South Australian landscape.
This sun loving grape turns out lush, balanced wines with fine tannins, fresh crimson acidity and aromatic tones of Morello cherry and ripe blood plums. Blood orange peel and the slight pucker of quince; straps of black licorice; an organic cherry orchard warmed by the December sun. A fine line of exotic spices , tobacco and timber: cassia bark and mace – where the depth of spice meets the lilt of floral. Sweetly aromatic cured tobacco leaves and shavings of rare Sassafrass and Tasmanian Southern Beech. Showing stunning line and length it's supremely complex with a silken texture.