The Nero d’Avola grape is native to the Sicilian region of Italy. The warm Sicilian climate of south-central Italy is what most say gives Nero d’Avola wine its fruity, clean and somewhat balanced flavor profile. Nero d’Avola is a variety of black grape whose wine is often compared to finest Shiraz’s from Australia. Nero d’Avola wine has a strong aromatic bouquet and a full body flavor profile. Its mouth feel can be described as smooth or silky. Nero d’Avola can be aged like a brunello wine without affecting its flavor in a negative way. Depending on the region where the grape is harvested Nero d’Avola can go from being fruit forward to acidic all while remaining an elegant drinking wine.
Tasting Notes: Plum or peppery flavours. Slightly fruit forward.
Suggested food pairings: lamb, tomato based sauces, dark chocolate, figs
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