2017 La Prova Nero d'Avola
2017 La Prova Nero d'Avola
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$21.99 (Buy 6 or More)
La Prova is the label through which McLaren Vale winemaker Sam Scott indulges his love for Italian varieties. He has crafted a range of absolutely delicious wines from carefully selected vineyards throughout the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Langhorne Creek regions. The wines are bright and lifted, usually fruit-forward styles that are just so drinkable. Finding that wonderful balance between quality and value-for-money, the La Prova wines are absolute go-to's for those midweek pizza or pasta nights.
The 2017 Nero d'Avola walks the line between sweet fruit and savoury character so well. It's brilliantly balanced, and perfectly suited to hearty Italian fare. For Sam, it's all about synergy - and this wine's certainly got it. A fantastic example of easy-drinking, moreish Nero from a seriously talented winemaker.
Keith Jenkins Vineyard and Wilpena Vineyards – McLaren Vale.
Keith’s vineyard is a cool site for McLaren Vale as you travel up Pennys Hill road towards the boundary of the Adelaide Hills. Well drained Heatherdale shale and a warm west slope combine nicely here for Nero and also make for a stunning view across the Vale to the sea. The Wilpena Vineyard in McLaren Flat is a little warmer and lies in deeper soil, so it gives a little more generosity to the palate. Half the wine had extended time on skins giving the ethereal characters and the other half pressed earlier to capture bright and vibrant fruits. Synergy is the goal.
One small batch, in an open fermenter of de-stemmed fruit, where after about 12 days I pressed half of the ferment to old oak for a vibrant and fruitful portion, and left the remainder on skins for another 8 months (drained it off in November) to create a textural, silky and ethereal component. The synergy when blended together makes for a delicious drink, with a simple rusticity and core of supple yet vibrant fruit.
From two sites in McLaren Vale: one is higher up and fresher but with lots of sun, while the other is warmer with richer soil providing generous mid-palate fruit. Half is macerated on the skins for six to seven months to attain a silky, layered texture, and ageing is solely in neutral oak. This is fresh, youthful and packed with luscious summer berries. The tannins are sumptuous while the acidity remains bright and palate cleansing. Vivacious and absolutely moreish.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Rose hip tea and red cherry scents, a dash of spice. Crisp and light to taste, almost transparent, red cherry juice, touch of cola. Crunchy, bright vibrant and succulent with fresh feel and good drinkability.