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2018 Trial Batch Murray Darling Nero d'Avola

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$173.94 6 x 750ml bottle
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SKU: TB18-MUNERDAV6

  • WINE STYLE
    WINE STYLE
    Soft & Fruity
  • FOOD PAIRING
    FOOD PAIRING
    Pasta alla Norma (with eggplant & tomato), shared salumi plate, veal saltimbocca
  • HIGHLIGHTS
    HIGHLIGHTS
    Limited Cellar Door Release
WHY WE LOVE THIS WINE
Small Batch Winemaking
 
NERO D’AVOLA
Nero d’Avola is a black grape variety native to the island of Sicily off the toe of the Italian peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea. Its name, translating as “black of Avola”, is derived from the town of Avola in the south of the island.
 

A NOTE FROM THE WINEMAKERS

“Is there is a better red for lazy summer afternoons and holiday barbecues? Nah, didn’t think so.”

SERVING TEMPERATURE | 10 - 13°

CELLAR POTENTIAL | Up to 5 years

TASTING NOTES

Juicy, bright, zippy, picnics, sunshine. A brilliant mid-purple hued wine with aromas of musk rose, dark plum, pomegranate, baked quince and dried herbs. The mid-weight palate has the mouth-watering natural acidity we would expect of this variety and plenty of tannin. The flavours encompass cherries, sour plums, herbal notes and dried tomato.

SEASON

It was a warm, dry season in which good fruit ripeness and vibrant flavours were achieved. An extended dry patch over January and February meant disease pressure remained low and judicious irrigation was required. The kind of season well-suited to Nero d’Avola, the drought-tolerant, heat-loving native grape of Sicily.

WINEMAKING

This fruit was grown by the Chalmers family, pioneers of Italian grape varieties based at Merbein, near Mildura in the north-west corner of Victoria. We wanted to preserve and enhance the pretty perfume and vibrant fruit in a lighter style wine that is typical of Nero d’Avola from this region. The fruit was chilled overnight before being destemmed and fermented in small open fermenters with hand plunging. The wine had a short maturation in older French oak barrels so as to impart very little oak or char flavour and to maintain the focus on fresh fruit character.

THE REGION

THE REGION

Murray Darling

Murray Darling is a large wine region straddling the Murray River in north-western Victoria and southwestern New South Wales. Summers are hot and dry with high sunshine hours.

There is a strong continental influence, with cool nights enabling production of quality fruit. Soils are calcareous sandy loams.

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THE TIER

THE TIER

TRIAL BATCH

SMALL BATCH WINEMAKING

The freedom to experiment with alternative varieties and winemaking techniques. Who knows what the next Trial Batch will be?

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THE STORY BEHIND THE LABEL

THE STORY BEHIND THE LABEL

The Artwork

Batch #003B

Juicy

Bright

Zippy

Picnics

Sunshine

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