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It's no surprise to see McLaren Vale's Coriole leading the way with yet another Italian variety, but that's exactly what they're doing with Nero d'Avola. 'Nero' is one of the emerging varieties rapidly gaining popularity for its suitability to Australian growing conditions and sheer drinkability. This may be their most delicious version to date and it has the wine show results to back it up. The 2016 took out four Trophies including being named Best Wine of Show at the _2016 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show_. If you want to see what the fuss is about with this Sicilian sensation without breaking the bank, you can't go wrong here. It's just a super wine.
What it Tastes Like
"Hazelnuts dipped in chocolate, spice, boysenberries, sage and black jelly beans. Or something like that; I’d hate to be too specific. It’s medium bodied, has fine grained tannin, and combines a savoury dimension with supreme slurpability. Tannin rolls on the finish and cleans everything up. Oh, has some dried flower perfume too. They’ve turned out a beauty in 2016. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
95 points "Coriole has long championed Italian grape varieties with nero d'Avola turning into one of its stars. Why? It's suited to the region's warm, dry climes. This is a beauty with a core of juicy red fruits, especially raspberry, with a whisper of Mediterranean dried herbs, supple tannins, a lighter frame and a neat acid line keeping it so damn lively. Three trophies including Wine of Show at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show '16." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) Four Trophies - including Dr Rod Bonfiglioni Trophy for Best Wine Of Show - AAVWS 93 points. "Hazelnuts dipped in chocolate, spice, boysenberries, sage and black jelly beans. Or something like that; I’d hate to be too specific. It’s medium bodied, has fine grained tannin, and combines a savoury dimension with supreme slurpability. Tannin rolls on the finish and cleans everything up. Oh, has some dried flower perfume too. They’ve turned out a beauty in 2016. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Grown on the Coriole Estate vineyard, McLaren Vale.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
Coriole is a McLaren Vale instutution. One of the first in the country to expreiment with alternative varieties, they are true trailblazers of the industry and one of our favourite producers.
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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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