Eldorado Road Riserva Nero d'Avola 2019
This is only the 2nd time this wine has been made and released; the first release was in 2016. Only produced in exceptional years, it’s sourced from the best fruit from their home estate vineyard. Dark and red cherries, spice, char notes, slight smoked meat flavour, red liquorice, the oak is well integrated with the fine layered tannins giving this a beautifully long finish. Truly an exciting rise of a varietal that we will hopefully see more of in this country, as it’s very suited to our climate. A wonderful wine, elegant, textural and many layers integrated to make a truly moreish experience.
'Riserva wines are only made when a parcel is unanimously judged by us to be of exceptional quality, this is only the second Riserva since we released our first wines way back in 2010. The 2019 Riserva Nero d’Avola comes from 2 separate ferments, both sourced from a section of our vineyard that consistently produces the best quality fruit. 66% of the blend was carefully handpicked at a baume of 13.4 on the 22nd of March. Once in the winery it was destemmed but not crushed, 20% of the free run juice was drained off and an extended 5-day cold soak undertaken. The must was then allowed to warm slowly at which point fermentation begun naturally. Hand plunged once daily during active ferment. The ferment reached dryness after 13 days, it was then locked down and remained on skins for another 10 days before gentle basket pressing to 1–3-year-old French oak puncheons. Matured on gross lees for 16 months. The second ferment was picked later, on the 9th of April at a baume of 13.8. Half the grapes were destemed but not crushed, the other half remained as whole bunches. The grapes were then transferred to a specially made French oak puncheon fermentor with the whole bunches sandwiched in the middle. The fermentor was then gassed with CO2 and locked down. Ferment started naturally after a couple of days. We hand plunged it once daily and allowed it to ferment reasonably warm. Extended maceration of 21 days before gentle basket pressing. 16 months in our best seasoned French oak on gross lees.'
- Eldorado Road