Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Brash Higgins Nero d'Avola 2011

After one whiff of this you can easily see why so many are banging this drum. A most extraordinary nose, and after sharing some of this with some friends, it appeared one particuarly was about to pass out!! He was mesmerised at the array of aromas coming from the glass.

Winemaker Brad Hickey has done a fine job here and many restaurants are now lapping it up and pouring it by the glass. Why...

On skins for 210 days, the wine was Wild Fermented in an Amphora with only 114 cases made. A nose of lavender, rose water, Turkish delight, violets and even a touch of musk. Wow! The colour is lighter than some Nero's I have tasted, but the nose here is second to none. Fresh flavours of orange peel and raspberry jam leap out of the glass. It drinks similar to a Gamay. Soft and super smooth to finish. Drink now or in the next five years, and can be served with a slight chill in warmer months.

Who: Brash Higgins
What: Nero d'Avola
Where: McLaren Vale
When: 2011
How: $37

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