I’ve been speaking to a lot of winemakers recently about Nero d’Avola and there is a split in the mindset between some of them. Some say that the best sites are yet to be found and we should look at the cooler areas such as the Adelaide Hills for our best sites. The other groups says we are yet to find the best sites but we should look to the warmer areas such as the Riverland, Barossa and McLaren Vale for the best sites. From my perspective I think the warmer sites are where the gold is at as the variety seems to handle the heat, doesn’t bag up in the heat and doesn’t need water like other varieties in the warmer areas plus it seems that the virus that is in the vines kicks in harder in the cooler climates resulting in poor to no cropping level.
Unico Zelo Nero d’Avola 2014
I was expecting a full on Nero with plenty of grunt yet acidity but what I got was a light bodied fragrant wine with acidity to burn. The wine works well at this weight and has a nice fragrant cherry bomb note and spice moments running along the spine. The texture is also light with not much action on the tannin section but when it comes to liveliness on the acidity, oh my god bring that sXXt on. The acidity pops the wine out of the glass making it attack you with hugs and kisses. I love it and I polished off the bottle in no time as all.
Price: $23Rated: 90
Drink: Now to whenever you finish the bottle