Santolin Nero d’Avola 2015


90 Points, Mike Bennie, Wine Front, “Rightly or wrongly, I see Nero d’Avola as a variety that’s not necessarily over complex (nor does it need to be to be considered good) and perfect for making tasty, versatile and accessible wines that drink well young, and provide frisky pleasure with a point of difference. Dark cherry, tea bags and a subtle whiff of black jelly bean, spice and vanilla/floral perfume. Medium bodied, silky and spicy with a smooth flow of flavour, something of a morello cherry perkiness, with grainy tannin and a lick of salt beef on a good finish. Nicely done.”

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We met Adrian and Rebecca Santolin at the 2015 Young Guns of Wine awards. Adrian is the winemaker while wife Rebecca manages the business and the creative side. Fast-forward to April 2016 and we are very proud to have Santolin Wines as a new addition to our Catalogue.

Using old world wine making techniques such as wild yeast, whole bunch bâttonage and oxidative handling, the wines are then left for up to twelve months in a selection of French oak barrels (Gillet, Sirugue, Ermitage).This small batch approach is made with passion showing great respect for the single vineyard sites which lie in the lower and upper Yarra Valley.

Adrian’s winemaking style is visionary and focused; he, we believe, is a great example of the current flourishing crop of progressive Australian wine makers.

“I believe minimal intervention makes for complex wines with great finesse. I want the varietal, regional and vineyard characters of a wine to stand out.”

Adrian Santolin, Willowlake Vineyard, 2016.

With his Italian heritage, Adrian is of course
 making Sangiovese (Yarraland Vineyard) and Nero d ‘Avola (Heathcote Chalmers Vineyard). Adrian creates vibrant wines with a proud nod to the old world.

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