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2013 Chalmers Nero d'Avola

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Nero d'Avola has a touch of of the godfathers about it. It's Sicily's native red grape variety, but this version comes from Heathcote in Victoria. It's a medium-bodied, highly sipable style that shows dark and blue fruits on the nose, with hints of spice and earthiness. The palate is fruity and juicy, with talcy tannins, bright acidity, and a spiced finish. Ideal for a casual mid-week BBQ with your mates.

Winemaker's Notes

100% de-stemmed and fermented in open fermenters without yeast addition. Fermentation typically goes for 20 days. The wine is then pressed and matured in old French barriques. Malolactic fermentation is natural. The wine is then bottled without fining and with little or no filtration after about 9 months to retain freshness and vibrancy.

The 2013 Heathcote Nero d’Avola is deliberately made in a crunchy acid, lifted red-fruit style reminiscent of the Cerasuolo wines. This vibrant, juicy Nero d’Avola has a pretty nose of ripe raspberry and the classic tar and Mediterranean herb varietal characters, underpinned by power and graphite notes from the Cambrian terroir. The medium-bodied palate is savoury with subtle tannins and a fresh finish.

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2013 Chalmers Nero d'Avola

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
A distinctly savoury/earthy make-up to this light to medium-bodied wine, with red fruits glittering in the background, the tannins are very fine, the overall balance good. Definitely a wine in search of food.
Drink by 2020
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Clear, light colour; bright red fruits run through the bouquet and palate in a wine that is halfway between rose and conventional red wine; has a cleansing savoury/lemony twist on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Matt Skinner (2009 Vintage) says
The sun-loving Nero d'Avola that hails from the warm, sandy vineyards of Sicily has also proven a reliable performer closer to home. The first commercial release of Nero d'Avola in Australia, Chalmers' example oozes varietal character and style. Prepare for a sweet and pretty nose of bitter cherries, plums and rolling tobacco and a palate that is soft, plush and mineral-textured with great intensity of sweet, plumlike fruit, racy acidity and a clean, drying finish. Six months in older oak make it an ideal match for pizza with good salami and black olives.
Matt Skinner's Wine Guide 2011

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