Bosman Family Vineyards have taken a view that Nero d’Avola has a bright future locally on account of how similar weather conditions here are to the variety’s traditional home of Sicily. With a couple of more or less experimental vintages behind them, they’re upping the ante with the 2016 vintage, this vintage getting fancy packaging and demanding something of a premium, the wine set to sell for R300 a bottle.
Matured for 18 months in oak, of which 20% was new, the nose shows red cherry and plum, a hint of herbs and vanilla. The palate is medium bodied (alcohol: 14%) with sweet fruit, fresh acidity and soft tannins. It’s an unassuming wine which should have broad appeal but is perhaps a bit on the expensive side.
Editor’s rating: 89/100.
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