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Innocent Bystander Nero d'Avola 2021


Swan Hill, VIC

Look, I'm gonna be that guy. Australia needs to plant more Nero d'Avola. I've been told on good authority that, if you do the maths and crunch the numbers, there are more sites suitable to Nero d'Avola in Australia than anything else. It's an amazing grape - heat tolerant, drought resistant, water efficient and, most importantly, friggin' delicious. It always warms my heart to see bigger companies starting to take notice. This Nero is part of the Innocent Bystander Summer release.

It's a pretty colour - a bright and vibrant purple, it very much looks like a 'drink me now' wine. It was a little bit reductive on the nose when it was first opened, but give it a minute or two and it will dissipate. There is a very delicate, faint perfume of forest berries, wet bark and clove. It's juicy, very juicy, and driving with pure fruit - strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate, with a bit of balsamic vinegar. There isn't a lot of depth or tannin, but the wine was never aiming for that. If you're looking for a light, chillable red, this will get you where you want to be.

Rating: ★★★ Classic, Weird or Funky? Weird, but not in a bad way. Nero Nouveau. Have it with? It's a pizza wine. Go a classic Napoli or a dirty BBQ meatlovers.

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