2017 Nero D'Avola
Handmade - Hand Picked - Basket Pressed - Wild Yeast Ferment
100% Whole Bunch - No Acid Added - Barrel Aged on Lees
Vineyard ~ Eldorado Road Home Vineyard
Selected from our home vineyard at Eldorado in the Woolshed Valley at the foot of the Beechworth plateau, just outside the official Beechworth GI. Over millions of years the Reedy Creek which meanders through our farm has washed down a unique narrow seam of decomposed red granite soil from its origin up on the Beechworth plateau. This special dirt and the continental Mediterranean climate was the inspiration for planting this Sicilian native. Given this is our own vineyard hand tended by us we saw the opportunity to experiment with some surplus fruit in 2017 that looked just perfect for early picking to create a wine inspired by the easy drinking Gamays of Beaujolais.
Grapes were handpicked at 12 baume and a pH of 3.5 then transferred as whole bunches directly to stainless steel fermentors, covered and protected with CO2. Fermentation didn’t commence for nearly a week and then was allowed to rise to a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius where it was held. After 2 weeks the we begun foot treating the ferments to compact the bunches, then after three weeks all ferments were gently basket pressed to 4-6 year old 500L French oak puncheons then allowed to rest on full lees to build texture for 12 months. The wines are then lightly filtered and bottled, before been given at least 3 months post bottling to settle. This wine also looks fantastic as a lightly chilled red in the warmer months.