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(2022) Nero d'Avola is the signature red wine grape of the Italian island of Sicily, but it has been increasing in popularity world-wide, including in Australia. This is a lovely example from McPherson Wines' Italianate range, Bella Luna, which sees some oak but is very much fruit-forward. It bursts with blackberry and cherry juiciness and aromatics, touches of floral character too, before a flood of fruit on the palate. There is silkiness and depth, but always a nice bright fruit and acid profile along with modest tannins to make for an easy drinking, but classy mouthful of wine. Watch the video for more information and food-matching suggestions.
Firm and juicy, the touch of tight briar and leafy character, but stays fresh and tight, only old oak used. The 20% Gamay adds a dry tannin and a delicate cherry freshness, finishing with a bit of roughening tannin and a clean acidity. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the 2015 vintage.
(2015) >From the Heathcote region of Victoria, this 13.5% alcohol Shiraz offers soft, sweet, lightly chocolaty black fruit with just a hint of mint or eucalyptus. Fruity and smooth on the palate, it has a nice medium-bodied texture, though I thought the flavour dropped away a little bit rapidly, leaving dry tannins and acidity, but just not enough follow-through for the price.
(2015) We've had Kiwi Grüner Veltliner, and now Aussie Malbec. From Murray Darling in Victoria, a Malbec matured in French oak for 10 months, but a wine that has captured the fragrance and floral, violet tones of the Malbec beautifully along with the plush black and blue fruit core. Blanced on the palate, but ripe and full, it has masses of pleasing fruit and chocolate density, finishing with smooth and supple tannins and a load of character at the offer price.
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