Nero d'Avola Battle Pack

A battle royale between Australia and Italy for Nero superiority. Who will be the victor?


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About The Pack

Nero d'Avola hails from the island of Sicily where cheery locals slosh these easy-drinking reds into tumblers as the while away sleepy afternoons in the sun. While most examples are simple, slurpable affairs, there are some Sicilian producers who are elevating the grape to a much higher level if you know where to look.

This sun-loving grape feels like it was built for our climate. It loves the warm days, needs very little water and produces a plump and juicy medium-bodied style of red that's just begging for an Aussie BBQ. In pockets around the country, particularly in the region of McLaren Vale, you can see this variety's popularity skyrocketing.

Here we showcase three of our favourite examples from both countries. Italy and Australia - head to head in a delicious battle royale! We've selected a benchmark examples from both lands and a couple of playful numbers to help you get to know this loveable grape. Which country will produce your favourite?

2019 Sherrah Nero d'Avola

The quality Nero d'Avola coming from out of McLaren Vale has added another dimension to the thriving red wine scene of this region.

Few winemakers in the area have Alex Sherrah's experience with the variety. He has been making the Coriole Nero for years, consistently churning one of the best value and high-quality versions in the country.

Alex's own Sherrah Nero d'Avola is - unsurprisingly - equally delicious.

It hits the Nero brief like a bullseye: medium bodied, brightly fruited, ease of drinking to the max. Lots to enjoy here.

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2020 Forlorn Hope Songs from Mars La Scarpa Nero d'Avola

Nero d'Avola sourced from the Greenock sub-region of the Barossa, made and bottled for delicious early drinking.

Just a brief maceration on skins, so there's only a gentle whiff of tannin, and six months in old oak. Only a touch of sulphur added pre-bottling.

Violets, dark fruits, herbs and some fennel/ aniseed notes. Pure Nero juice, a taste of a long lunch in a small southern Italian village.

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2020 Brash Higgins NDV Nero d'Avola

The NDV is considered by many to be the premier Nero d'Avola in Australia. With a string of sensational releases under his belt, Brad Hickey has elevated this humble Sicilian variety to a new level in Australia over the years since its first release.

Hickey makes his Nero in an authentic, Sicilian style - full of spice, tannin and energy. It's naturally fermented with wild yeasts in a bees-wax lined clay amphora. The constant search for freshness, drive and detail in this oft-times simple and smashable variety is what sets the Brash Higgins NDV apart.

It's a unique and slightly wild-eyed wine, but one that has become something of a benchmark for the variety.

Absolutely worth trying if you are being enchanted by the rise of Italian varieties on Australian shores!

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2021 Vanita Nero d'Avola

This wine comes from new Sicilian powerhouse producer, Vigneti Zabu.

Headed up by Italian wine icon, Valentino Sciotti, this collection of producers is cranking out a serious amount of good value vino.

This cheeky little Nero d'Avola comes from organic grapes, is aged in old barrels and concrete for just six months before bottling, producing a juicy, fresh and savoury red which is perfect for any meal, or your next weekend BBQ.

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2020 Occhipinti SP68 Rosso

The ‘SP68’ Rosso is a blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato, from vines around 15 years old.

Arianna believes that by forcing the vines to find their own natural balance she unlocks the natural minerality and freshness of the varieties which produces her unique red offering.

Expect to find a whole lot of interest inside - juicy and fresh, it's an easy drinking wine with oodles of personality.

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2018 Babo Nero d'Avola

Bouncy Sicilian red at a great price, made by Justin Bubb of Pooley fame in Tasmania. Under the Babo label he makes bargain Italian wines that are simply wonderful everyday drinkers.

Plenty of dark fruits, such as blood plum, and blackberry, with some aniseed and twisted licorice notes. It's intense in the middle but only medium-bodied, with a lively acidity and freshness and only a smattering of tannins.

A light-hearted look at sun-kissed Sicilian reds.

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