Our exploration with Nero d’Avola has expanded with this release – a single vineyard example from Kersbrook in the Adelaide Hills – sitting on quartz-shot clay, at altitude with a full-sun exposition. The type of exposure that Nero d’Avola loves. Just like we’ve done for Fiano – we’re interested in exploring the nobility of this variety – we’ve already applied the ‘Australia-filter’ of minimal to no irrigation and minimal (actually zero) acidification. Now it’s time to view site expression – and this has it in spades. Where the Riverland examples show a freshness and vibrancy that sandy-based soils can so easily lend – the clay of the Northern Adelaide Hills gives power and poise to the wine. The kind usually seen in Eden Valley Shiraz. The fruit was picked at the upper-degree of ripeness, and as a result is our first real attempt at a full-bodied red of density. Although, in our style – it sits on the full-to-medium bodied fence. What astounded us even more than the fruit complexity and upfront appeal of plum-fruit, was how well it retained acidity given the ripeness. There was no call for amelioration of any sort – and the tannin maturity lends marvellous structure to the wine. A nose of bright, fresh, blue fruits but with a power and density foreign to examples from the Riverland. Flavours of chocolate, cassis, blue berries and a tea-tree-like herbal elements. Lively palate weight considering the density of fruit, finishing soft and overly pleasant.