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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Nero d'Avola 2014

A bigger, riper manifestation of a variety that is making a name for itself across a few select regions in South Australia.

Initially it presents itself as smokey, dusty, a little ash over ripe cherry; the patient will be rewarded, with time it's more about the fruit - deep, dark, glossy black cherry.

On initial opening, red fruits abound on the palate initially, but it appears dry, dusty and flat thereafter. Showed better a day after opening, more vital, fruit shining beyond that flat profile - cherry and herb.

OK length, but on initial views it never shifts into second gear. It's certainly a darker, broodier manifestation than the light 'n' juicy wines currently en vogue. 

Caveat emptor: difficult to call - 86 initially, redeeming itself latterly 89.

Tasted on: Tuesday 28th April, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap

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