Cosa Nostra Nero d’Avola 2016


This 100% Heathcote Nero d’Avola is made using only 10% whole bunches but it shows through beautifully. There’s no oak apparent despite spending more than 12 months in 2. 3 & 4 year old French oak barrels; rather, it’s the fruit shines through from start to finish. Dark plums, herbal tones, raspberry vibes, earthy, sweet stewed plums…a terrific wine from the Santolin’s need to express their need to experiment with different varietals. Serve slightly chilled.

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In 2012 Husband and wife team Adrian and Rebecca Santolin were able to step out independently to do things their way. A relatively young duo in an age old practice, Adrian is head winemaker while wife Rebecca manages the business and creative. Playing on tradition, Adrian’s winemaking style is focused on minimal intervention in order to showcase the region and variety in its purest form. “Minimal intervention makes for a complex wine with great finesse. It makes the varietal, regional and vineyard characters of a wine stand out.” Their ethos is to keep it simple. A great wine starts with great fruit. Sourcing premium, high quality grapes, they do very little to them in the winery in order to maintain the unique vineyard and regional characters of each variety. Utilising wild fermentation and kept for up to 12 months in a selection of French oak barrels, their small batch, handcrafted wines are all made from select single vineyard sites.

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