Mandoleto Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane 2015 (Sicily, Italy) "...red berry, black jelly bean, dried herb..."
Mandoleto is a collection of modern wines matched to the ideal Italian region, identified over thousands of years of trial and error. On the far north-western tip of Sicily, rising steeply above the ancient city of Erice, are the vineyards of the Fazio family. One hundred hectares of low yielding vines, stretching from 200 – 500 metres of altitude, are planted primarily to Catarratto and Nero d’Avola.
The fruit from family owned estate vineyards is hand harvested, usually in early September. Following a total de-stalking, the fruit is given a cold soak and cool maceration. The pressing is traditionally soft before partial maturation in stainless steel and seasoned oak barrels. Medium blood red in colour. The nose is expressive and complex with aromas of blueberries, exotic spice and mountain herbs. Acore of ripe, supple dark berry, cherry and liquorice flavours is matched by bright acidity ensuring a refreshing, balanced finish. The ripe flavours and bright acidity make this wine a wonderful match to rich pasta and red meat dishes.
"Classic Nero smells here, red berries, black jelly beans, dried herbs. Medium-bodied, juicy but a little savoury too, with black olive and the like in the mix. Tannin is dry and a little dusty, finish is clear and pleasantly sweet and sour. Interest and value. Top drinking." - 90 Points, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)