2015 Brash Higgins NDV Nero d'Avola

2015 Brash Higgins NDV Nero d'Avola

Region:McLaren Vale (N/A) , SA

Style:Medium Bodied

Producer:Brash Higgins

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This clay-amphora-fermented Nero d'Avola is arguably Australia's premier example of this variety and the signature wine of Brad Hickey's winemaking style.
Natural
Small Batch
weird & wonderful

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From what we've seen thus far, this is arguably the pinnacle of Australian Nero d'Avola. It comes from Brash Higgins - the label of winemaking 'yank' Brad Hickey. Nero d'Avola is Sicily's primary grape variety, and its ability to thrive in warm climates makes it well suited to Australia. It's a variety that is gaining significant attention amongst the wine trade and with enormous potential. Hickey makes his Nero in a very authentic, Sicilian style - full of spice, tannin and energy. It's naturally fermented with wild yeasts in a bees-wax lined clay amphora, which was originally carried out in Hickey's carport! After all, as Hickey hilariously described, "Turns out nobody likes the guy with the claypots in a busy, shared winery." It's a really unique and slightly wild wine this, but one that has become something of a benchmark for the variety. Absolutely worth trying if you like something a little different!

What it Tastes Like

An entertaining wine to drink this - so different to the standard fare. A really bright and lifted nose of red cherries and berries, mixed spices, and some attractive, candied orange peel and medicinal notes. The palate is fresh, lively and energetic, with juicy red fruits and all kinds of spices washed away by fresh acidity and Nero d'Avola's notorious tannins. A deliciously, more-ish finish that begs you to follow it down with another glass!

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Brash Higgins owner/winemaker Brad Hickey