Tellurian Heathcote Nero D’ Avola 2013

THE VINEYARD

Single vineyard on the eastern side of the Mount Camel range on rich Cambrian soil. Viticulturist Tim Brown and Winemaker Tobias Ansted worked closely with the grower to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices resulted in the highest quality fruit for this wine.

THE VINTAGE

The 2013 season started with good winter and early spring rain, but from late September the season stayed dry through to harvest. The warm dry conditions accelerated ripening, with harvest kicking off almost two weeks ahead of normal. The Nero D’Avola is a late ripening variety, and the grapes were hand harvested on 15 March at 13.0 baume.

THE WINEMAKING

Nero D’Avola is a variety that can make tannic wines so our approach was to treat it gently in the winery with the aim of taming its rustic nature. The grapes were fermented cool in a single open fermenter for 9 days on skins, and were hand plunged once a day. The wine was pressed and transferred to older French oak barrels for 10 months prior to filtration and bottling.

THE WINE

The 2013 Tellurian Nero D’Avola shows lifted sweet red berry aromas and fresh plum which combine with spice, cinnamon and vanilla bean. The palate is bright, lively, medium-bodied with intense cherry and plum characters. The subtle, chalky tannins provide just enough structure to balance the persistent fruit finish. Extremely approachable as a young wine, the Tellurian Nero D’Avola will gain complexity over 3-5 year with careful cellaring.

ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 13.4%

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