Nomads Garden Nero d’Avola 2017


Winery Notes: Handmade – Hand Picked – Basket Pressed – Wild Yeast Ferment, 100% Whole Bunch – No Acid Added – Barrel Aged on Lees, Vineyard ~ Eldorado Road Home Vineyard

Selected from our home vineyard at Eldorado in the Woolshed Valley at the foot of the Beechworth plateau, just outside the official Beechworth GI. Over millions of years the Reedy Creek which meanders through our farm has washed down a unique narrow seam of decomposed red granite soil from its origin up on the Beechworth plateau. This special dirt and the continental Mediterranean climate was the inspiration for planting this Sicilian native. Given this is our own vineyard hand tended by us we saw the opportunity to experiment with some surplus fruit in 2017 that looked just perfect for early picking to create a wine inspired by the easy drinking Gamays of Beaujolais.

Grapes were handpicked at 12 baume and a pH of 3.5 then transferred as whole bunches directly to stainless steel fermentors, covered and protected with CO2. Fermentation didn’t commence for nearly a week and then was allowed to rise to a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius where it was held. After 2 weeks the we begun foot treating the ferments to compact the bunches, then after three weeks all ferments were gently basket pressed to 4-6 year old 500L French oak puncheons then allowed to rest on full lees to build texture for 12 months. The wines are then lightly filtered and bottled, before been given at least 3 months post bottling to settle. This wine also looks fantastic as a lightly chilled red in the warmer months.

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Winery Notes:

Nomads Garden is an experimental wine label born out of the pristine landscape and viticultural diversity of our home in the Alpine mountains of North East Victoria. All our wines are single vineyard and handmade with low intervention in the winery, this means wines we:

· Only use the naturally occurring wild yeast indigenous to the vineyard of origin.

· Never add acid to our wines.

· Minimal fining agents are added to our wines. (only the the natural clay product bentonite is used to stabilize our whites)

Instead we let the brilliant fruit we have access to from the five distinct recognized wine regions (King Valley, Alpine Valleys, Beechworth, Rutherglen & Glenrowan) that make up North East Victoria (Truly a nomadic winemakers dream garden) shine through. These are wines that naturally reflect the year the grapes were grown and the beguiling land of which they were conceived.

These wines are intentionally not labelled or marketed as Natural Wines although the ethos in which they are made is very similar, we believe the term “Natural” is far to ambiguous with no set guidelines dictating what exactly a natural wine is. Instead we feel the term Low Intervention is a far better description of what we are doing with Nomads Garden, creating wines by hand with minimal additives and a simple winemaking process that is transparently labelled on the back of the bottle. We expect these wines to stand up to conventionally made wines; low intervention to us is not an excuse for faulty or poor quality wine.

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