2021 Mercer Nero d'Avola

Fragrance and freshness abound in this vibrant NSW Nero d'Avola

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The Mercer Nero d'Avola helps you understand why this Italian grape variety is now so beloved by Australian winemakers.

It's dark, rich and fragrant, while also being fresh and lively. Black and red fruits – black cherry, rapsberry – mix with savoury tones such as herbs, camphor and liquorice, making for a compelling nose. Richness frames the palate with the juicy flavours, while acidity and tannin are balanced and bountiful. The ripeness of the grapes give it a little fruit sweetness, pointing towards a long and lovely finish.

Aaron Mercer proves yet again with this Nero d'Avola why he's a winemaker to watch. Such a delightful wine.

With a punchy nose of intense native floral this youthful wine has familiar flavours of contemporary Australian reds. It started fermenting with natural yeast and comes from an impeccable organically grown vineyard in Canowindra, NSW. With lovely sour cherry and spicy tannin this wine is a mighty crowd pleaser.

Nero is the up and coming hero in Australia, with viticultural sustainability second to none.

91 Points - "Nero from Canowindra. Well I never.

"It has the purple flavours of Nero, but also quite some perfume, maybe like lemon myrtle and flowering gum tree, not quite sure, also a little saline, classic black jellybean and dark cherry. Medium-bodied, a sort of honey gloss and flavour to it, in with boysenberry and cherry, soft squishy tannin, balanced acidity, and a juicy saline finish of good length. Very enjoyable. Nero d’Canowindra." Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Plenty of fragrant cherry and leafyness with raspberry, waxy lipstick, ferrous blood, camphor, just lit campfire smoke and a touch licorice/anise. Hedonistic suppleness carrying plenty of the licorice and (almost medicinal/cough syrup) cherry with an inherent sweetness of just over done toffee. The tannins are fine, dry and tight, like a knot at the end of a button thread. Lingering piquant clove spice and plenty of dark enjoyment." Regan Drew (vinonotebook)


Hunter Valley native Aaron Mercer has been involved in the wine game for over 20 years, starting from the very bottom, scrubbing tanks.

While he has experience across the globe, he’s made a name for himself in Australia through his previous role at organic pioneers, Tamburlaine.

Now back in the Hunter, Aaron sources sustainably grown fruit from across NSW for his wines.

This is an exciting new project, part of a new wave of NSW producers doing things their own way. With a great range of wines, it a label to keep your eyes on.

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