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The Little RaRa Noir is a Nero d’Avola sourced from the Chalmers vineyard in Heathcote.
Winemaker Andrew Joy has made every attempt to make his version of Nero as tasty as possible. A good portion of the fruit was fermented as whole berries (a technique used widely throughout Beaujolais in France) to enhance the perfume and the vibrancy of this deliciously perky red.
The final wine is delicate and light-medium bodied, framed with fine tannin and bouncy fruit. As Gary Walsh noted in his 91 point review, “Easy going with a little complexity. Perfect for casual dining and the like.”
What It Tastes Like
“Juicy blueberry and boysenberry, with some spice, subtle bubblegum perfume, and salt beef savouries. Light to medium bodied, almost a slatey feel to the tannin and acidity, freshness and juicy flavour, and a dry saline finish of good length. Runs along very nicely. Easy going with a little complexity. Perfect for casual dining and the like.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
91 points. “Juicy blueberry and boysenberry, with some spice, subtle bubblegum perfume, and salt beef savouries. Light to medium bodied, almost a slatey feel to the tannin and acidity, freshness and juicy flavour, and a dry saline finish of good length. Runs along very nicely. Easy going with a little complexity. Perfect for casual dining and the like.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Fermented in two tonne open top vessels with a very high proportion of whole berry fruit, with a single tank of 100% whole berry fruit undergoing carbonic maceration for enhanced aroma and palate complexity. Pressed to stainless to settle before the addition of 6% Pyrenees Shiraz prior to bottling in Feb ‘16
Fruit for this Heathcote Nero d’Avola is grown on the Chalmers Vineyard of Colbinabbin. A juicy grape making for a juicy wine with livewire fruit and persistent sass.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
Heathcote’s reputation is for big Shiraz. And they do it so well. But the times they are a changin’ with Italian varieties such as Fiano, Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola and Sagrantino all finding themselves well at home in the ancient Cambrian soils.
Australian Nero d’Avola is one of the easiest-drinking red wines you are likely to find. This playful Sicilian variety is typically light to medium bodied, filled with jubey dark fruits and soft, silky tannins. It’s all about juicy drinkability with Nero. Though some cross the boundary into the area of ‘fine wine’, the majority are built to deliver maximum enjoyment as an early drinking style. Perfect for sharing with good friends and good food. The fact that it perfectly suits the Australian climate is just another tick in its box. Nero d’Avola is a variety that will play a big part in the future of Australian wine.
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