We come to the three Precious Little reds – Shiraz, Nero D’Avola and Touriga Nacional. Expectations would suggest that the Shiraz will be the pick of the bunch; the Touriga a bold, rich wine for those who think straying from their role as a carnivore is a betrayal of all that is Holy; and finally, the Nero which really could be anything, but might not surprise if it brings up the rear. Expectations can be very wrong. For me, this Nero was the star. Loved it. Nero d’Avola, the famous Sicilian grape, can range from big and earthy and roast meats to a more medium bodied style with florals, red fruits and spices, almost pretty if you like. This is in the latter camp and is simply one of the very best examples of this variety I have seen from Australia.
From a vineyard in the Marananga sub-region of the Barossa Valley, fermentation is largely natural. The wine then receives an extended maceration on skins – ten months! Final maturation takes place in older French oak. It is a delightful crimson/purple. The nose offers alluring perfumes with red cherry notes, mulberries, spices, florals and a touch of aniseed. This has elegance and length on the palate – it lingers beautifully. Juicy flavours with spices and florals to the fore. Drink it now and over the next four or five years. Just delicious.