Maan Wines 'Hit Maan' Nero d'Avola 2019 (McLaren Vale, South Australia) "...plum, raspberry, redcurrant..."
Anthony, a winemaker by trade, and Matt, an international man of mystery, are cousins and the founders of MAAN. The two have a long history of making, selling and drinking quality wines from around the world. Their focus is on producing small batch, handmade wines that showcase the best that the McLaren Vale has to offer. The wines are approachable, affordable, accessible and most of all exceptionally handsome, much like the founders. In the vineyard and winery things are kept as simple as possible. All fruit is basketpressed, an old school method which ensures a soft press and treats the wine with a lot of finesse, then fermented with wild yeast and allowed only a touch of oak to retain freshness and fruit, and then finally bottled without fining or filtration.
"Floral candied fruit aromas, with plum, raspberry, redcurrants and cherry fruit notes,” wrote Hudak. “There are spice aromas, tobacco leaf and a light dusting of oak. The palate offers fruit generosity with plums, cherries and raspberry intensity; the tannins offer a fine structure and there is a softer acid profile than previous wines.” “Concentrated red cherry, raspberries, red plums and redcurrant,” noted Cardelli. “Fruit forward on the palate as well, with some juiciness and crunchiness. Strawberries and cream, all in check and well balanced. A lovely bright example with interesting finish, very drinkable right now." - Young Gun of Wine (Australian Best Nero d'Avola List 2020)
"Beautiful ruby colour. purplish hue. Really bright and youthful. packed with red fruits on the nose. especially in the red berry spectrum. Tonnes of raspberry, mulberry, boysenberry and even blueberry. Countered by a touch of herbaceousness like fennel and thyme flowers. Bit of a doughy nose that combined with the fruit is reminiscent of freshly baked fruit tarts. Although very fresh and bright on the nose, there are hints of secondary characters waiting to come out in years to come. The berry smorgasbord carries through on the palate. Bit richer than the nose suggests. Medium weight, some riper characters like stewed plums and dark cherries. Light and zippy but with a gentle tannin profile and lingering finish. Nice prominent tannins but not in an obvious way, they hide and slowly reveal themselves after a few more sips.Iincredibly delicious, a real down-the-hatch special. Some confected characters pop out on second taste like musk sticks, toffee apple chews and even a touch of dark chocolate/coconut from the 33% seasoned oak used in production." - Winery notes