The new vintage of our McLaren Vale Best Wine of Show ("The Bushing King") has landed: 2019 Nero d'Avola is ready.
So, what are our first thoughts on the 2019? Well, it's different of course, following our philosophy of wines that represent their vintage, guided by our intuition, hands off making.
We wrote some tasting notes for you: "Attractive aroma of purple flowers, blueberries and black cherry, make a bright, fresh impression. The palate is juicy and rich, with depth of ripe forest fruits, bold earth structure and succulent tannins." Drink now style and up to 2025.
According to Richard & Malcolm, "It goes down easy for how scarce it is!".
The fruit was handpicked in the early morning of April 5, after an extremely hot and dry summer: 24 days over 35 degrees Celsius, including our hottest day on record on January 24 - 46.6 °C (!). The harvest was dry and picking was compressed. The fruit was good quality but there was not much of it! Our late season Mediterranean varieties fared very well, with much better balance and good yield. One of the hardest vintages in living memory, which brought the best out of our farming experience and teamwork. We recommend pairing this wine with either meat or pasta (or both, you do you!):
Chargrilled lamb chops with garlic, oregano and rosemary, served with baked spuds ~ Tagliatelle with field mushrooms, good parmeggiano Reggiano.
If you would like to purchase our 2019 Nero d’Avola, shop here.