2020 Amphora Nero d’Avola
“Raised in unlined terracotta amphora. Pure, vibrant and imbued with strong DNA of the variety in red cherry, sour and sweet, layers of peppery, woody spice and a blood orange character that adds pleasing bitterness and sweetness at once. Texture is impossibly silky, graphite tannins superfine and gently cinching, the length is stellar and the wine feels complex and detailed overall.”
Halliday Wine Companion – GOLD – 95 points
This wine captures the sultry stylings of famous Sicilians.
The beautiful, vibrant deep pink colour is as stunning as the seductive smile of Il Postino’s, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, dripping with flavours inspiring poetry worthy of Neruda.
Each breath of dried strawberries, raspberry, black plum, black cherry and dried herbs evokes the mellow, devil-may-care sophistication of Frank Sinatra.
The palate exudes dried strawberries, blackberries and mineral backbone with all the complexity and elegance of the “Cinema Paradiso” soundtrack.
This wine has been aged in Amphora Terra Cotta, imported from Italy, and made from special porous clay that allows the wine to breathe correctly as it is ageing. This micro-oxygenation causes the wine to soften as it matures and develops, without any oak flavours influencing the wine. The result is a true expression of the fruit being achieved in the finished wine. The clay also has anti-microbial properties to help protect the wine as it ages.
The amphora itself is a spectacular work of art. Its elegance is measured, its authority understated, its sophistication effortless. A grand wine.