This workhorse variety from Sicily was first brought into Australia by Chalmers in 1998. Since then there has been a lot of talk in the industry about the variety potentially being the ‘next big thing’ here. It earned the hype due to the suitability of the vine to hot, dry growing conditions as well as the versatility and characteristics of the wines to be made from it. The first Australian wine from the variety was released by Chalmers in 2009, from their original Euston vineyard, now they’re growing it at both their new sites in Heathcote and Mildura.
Selected from our top block where the complex rocky terrain gives a more elegant and perfumed character to the Nero d’Avola grapes than the rich red Cambrian of the lower elevation block from Heathcote. This wine has fresh and vibrant forest fruit aromas of raspberry, blackberry and a hint of savoury spice. Charry Earth shows through on the medium weight palate, supported by soft but present tannin.
GI: Heathcote, Victoria