Brash Higgins 'NDV', Nero d'Avola Amphora Project, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016

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Brash Higgins 'NDV', Nero d'Avola Amphora Project, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016

24.95

The Amphora Project NDV is a Nero d'Avola that spends six months on skins in amphorae. Hickey claims that the variety's raspberry fruit is too dominant without the skin contact. Instead, the wine is floral and herbal on the nose, a bit Campari-like even, with hints of orange zest and coriander. Medium-bodied, it's smooth and streamlined in the mouth, finishing with a silky texture and peppery, zesty overtones.

Winemakers note:

“Grafted to our Omensetter Vineyard in 2009, this sixth vintage of the drought tolerant Sicilian varietal Nero d’Avola was picked at 13 Baume in 2016 to maintain vibrancy. The transparency of the Nero d’Avola grape was preserved by using gentle, ancient techniques and naturally occurring wild yeasts. Same as the first five vintages, the grapes were destemmed then fermented and aged on skins for six months in locally made 200L bees-wax lined clay amphoras. We also used some whole bunch in the ferments, about 20%, to see how they’d effect the wine. A bit more tightly wound this year, and a cool savoury note, as always with great promise for decades to come.

Translucent ruby in colour, with hints of lavender, nori, vermouth and stem ginger. Orange peel also present, reminiscent of an Old Fashioned cocktail, angostura bitters and all. A pomegranate, bright cherry mid-palate balanced by a refreshing sweet and sour red cherry acidity. The wine finishes with fine grained, chain link tannins as well as some savouriness from the whole bunch element. 13.5% alc.”

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Farming: biodynamic