Gurrieri Nero d’Avola 2020
The Nero d’Avola is a wonderful expression of this ancient and famous grape of Sicily, which is also locally known as Calabrese, as it takes on a different and fresher characteristic when grown in the sandy clay hills of the Hyblaean Mountains, compared to other parts of the island.
The grapes were hand-harvested in the early morning and brought to the cellar for a hand-destemming before an extended and cold skin-maceration and native yeast fermentation in stainless steel.
The resulting wine has depth on the nose, with dark berries and bright barely-ripe fruits, hints of earth and spice, and a compelling note of something very Italian. The palate is fresh, with ample amounts of bright acidity, an approachable tannic backbone, and fruit that is expressive and driven to accompany the more earthy nature of the grape.