From San Marzano, the Melbourne International Wine Competition's 2019 Italian Producer of the Year, comes a truly magnificent Sicilian Nero d'Avola.
For years now we've loved the work of San Marzano, with this Puglian-based superstar showing a knack for turning out full-bodied reds with guts and glory.
So when they turned their attention in a Siclian direction, we knew it would turn out well - and this San Marzano Timineri Nero d'Avola is a real hero.
Loads of black fruit and rich tannins, this has a richness and depth we'd more usually see in a good Barossa Shiraz (without the plums).
Sourced from the Gibellina Hills in western Sicily - aka home of the world's best Nero d'Avola - this ripping red has an extra layer of concentration and depth compared to your average Nero, with punch AND spice.
San Marzano is a small village in the centre of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC region, a strip of land kissed by the two seas of the Salento: the Ionian and the Adriatic. In 1962 the DOC appellation did not yet exist. Even so, 19 winemakers came together to follow a dream and founded Cantine San Marzano. However, it wasn't until 1996 and the introduction of a new bottling plant that San Marzano wines could move from commodity to brand. With the growth of the brand and company, San Marzano set themselves a goal: 'To make a wine just like the one our fathers did and make it original and contemporary.' This was to be the Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria DOP, one of the iconic labels of the company, and one which embodies the essence of the San Marzano philosophy. Today the collective continues to flourish with the aquisition of new vineyards and opportunities to explore.
Gold Medal - Berliner Wine Trophy Gold Medal - Mundus Vini Bruxelles Gold Medal - Mundus Vini Summer Series Tasting Silver Medal - International Wine Contest 2017