2017 comrade nero d’avola

2017 Comrade Nero d'Avola

Grown on our farm near the village of Eldorado on decomposed red granite buckshot soil. This narrow seam of soil has been washed down from the nearby Beechworth hills by the Reedy Creek over millions of years. Eldorado shares many climatic similarities with Sicily, the homeland of the Nero d’Avola grape. A mere 50m from the vineyard to the winery. 10 different Nero d’Avola ferments were undertaken in the winery in 2017. They were progressively picked from the vineyard over a 2 week period at varying levels of ripeness. Components from 8 of those ferments made it into the final blend of the 2017 Comrade Nero d’Avola. 20% of the free juice was extracted from all destemmed not crushed grapes on arrival to the winery, the aim, restrained intensity. All wild ferments commenced within a couple of days post 24 hour cold soak.

Ferments included:

• 2 x 100% Whole bunch

• 2 x 40% Whole Bunch

• 1 x Whole Berry Early Pick 12.7 Baume

• 1 x Whole Berry Late Pick 14.0 Baume

• 2 x Whole berry late pick ferments with extended maceration (28 days)

The diversity of winemaking and large number of small ferments were employed with the hope of adding layers of complexity that can be difficult to attain in Nero and a luxury of making the wine 50m from the vineyard. Lightly hand plunged once a day and gently basket pressed before spending 18 months in seasoned French Oak Puncheons and Barriques resting on full lees. Only the best barrels were selected to assemble the final blend. Lightly filtered then bottled July 2018. No Riserva Nero d’Avola was produced in 2017.

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