Australian Nero d’Avola - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Australian Nero d’Avola

Unico Zelo owners and winemakers Brendan and Laura Carter with their dog, Truffles. (Photo courtesy of Epicurean Wines)

Most nero d’Avola we taste from Sicily is warm and fruity, nothing like this cool, comforting red for a rainy day at home. It’s one of four neros Brendan and Laura Carter make, this one from a vineyard in Birdwood, where the vines were grafted to nero in 2016. Their latest release has a happy richness, fragrant purple fruit, tight blueberry-skin length, a youthful and pretty fruit character that lasts with the feel of a cool winter sun. Australian wine collector and panelist David Hawkins found it “refreshing—the tannins are present but not loud, a quiet wine with cherry-pit rosiness in the flavor of the tannins and a faint cherry cordial flavor. The more I taste it, the more I like it.”


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