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2015 Mandoleto Nero d'Avola Sicilia

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Life would be generally more awesome if wines like this were a greater part of our drinking diet - a juicy, vibrant 'Nero' (as the variety is commonly referred to) from the warm island of Sicily, off southern Italy. What makes it so delicious is that combination of juicy, jubey fruit and an easygoing personality, making for a wine that is simply impossible to put it down.

Winemaker's Notes

Summary: On the far north-western tip of Sicily, rising steeply above the ancient city of Erice, are the vineyards of the Fazio family. One hundred hectares of low yielding vines, stretching from 200 – 500 metres of altitude, are planted primarily to Catarratto and Nero d’Avola.

Winemaking: The fruit from family owned estate vineyards is hand harvested, usually in early September. Following a total de-stalking, the fruit is given a cold soak and cool maceration. The pressing is traditionally soft before partial maturation in stainless steel and seasoned oak barrels.

2015 Vintage: An excellent vintage in western Sicily with consistent and moderate weather. Rain was slightly lower than average and concentrated in spring. There were a few heat spikes in summer and the autumn was fine with an excellent divergence between minimum and maximum temperatures. A slightly smaller than average yield of well balanced and intensely flavoured fruit was harvested without incident.

Tasting Note: Dark blood red with crimson highlights. The nose is lifted and expressive with ripe, fruit-driven aromas of dark berries, cherries, herbs, spice and forest undergrowth. The palate is rich and ripe with flavours of supple red berries, exotic spice, candied cherries and liquorice framed by soft tannins. The approachability and impressive depth of flavour of this fruit-driven wine makes it a versatile partner to a wide range of cuisine over the next two to three years.

Grape Variety: 95% Nero d’Avola, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2015 Mandoleto Nero d'Avola Sicilia

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The Wine Front (2013 Vintage) says
Tasting this next to an Australian 2013 Nero, that’s exactly double the price, just for purposes of comparison. It’s pretty amazing how they turn these wines out, labelled pretty, tasting good, drinking well, and distinctly not sweet or gross like so many local reds at this price point. Amazing. How long can it last? Importer: Fourth Wave Wine

Black jellybeans stuffed in leather pants, dark cherry, iron filings, damp earth, sweet dried herbs. Medium bodied, clean acidity, cherry and blackcurrant, light but grainy chalky tannin and pretty decent length. A little gamey, perhaps, but such a good drinking wine. Recommended unconditionally. Drink now. 90 points. 
Gary Walsh.
Gary Walsh.
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says

Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s key red, and rarely does it come as impressive as this at such a price. A savoury and textural wine of black plums, black cherries and liquorice, layered with dried herbs and finely structured tannins. A touch of brettanomyces (barrel yeast infection) adds gamey complexity and a metallic texture to the finish, but at this price you can’t have everything!

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