Nero d’Avola originated on the isle of Sicily but is fast gaining a foothold in Australia, along with many other Mediterranean grape cousins. Amato Vino is produced by Margaret River surf junkie Brad Wehr (formerly known as Wine By Brad). The range mostly consists of Margaret River sourced fruit, but the Nero is from Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland area of South Australia. This special patch of dirt is the brainchild of Ashley and Holly Ratcliff. With a list of champion customers, they’re proving to be the viticultural equivalent of Zabeel. The labeling, by Liz McKay, is evocative, unique and beautiful. All in all, this is one classy number. Hit it.
Amato Vino, Nero d’Avola, Riverland, South Australia 2014
Only 150 Dozen made. 20% Whole bunch and wild ferment. 6 months maturation in old French and Hungarian oak. Herby dark liqueur cherries. Stalky but not green. Smells like the label, all jazz bar chic. There’s a little bit of funky protein and some pine resin complexity. Palate is juicy and offers up scrumptious red fruits and shiny baby grand piano like polish. Tannins are slightly crunchy, like a snare drum brush striking just so. The acid wants a duet with porcini mushrooms. A little off-beat (as in “not your regular 4/4 time”, not as in “missing the beat”), so take the A Train.
Wine sample courtesy of Amato Vino