Saia Nero d’Avola 2015, Feudo Maccari
Italy / Sicily
Andy's Tasting Notes
A regal version of this grape with plush and generous hints of black cherry, mint, anise and clove. Very polished and poised. It finishes long and warming on the palate.
From selected plots of vines – mostly 30-40 years old, grown on south-facing higher ground where the calcium-rich soil gives greater delicacy and perfume. They are all ‘albarello’ (head-trained) bush vines – which are particularly suited to hot and windy climates.
Price per bottle £17.00
About 25 minutes’ drive south from Avola, the town which lends its name to this grape variety, you will find the beautiful city of Noto. South again from Noto to the southernmost tip of Sicily, you will find Feudo Maccari’s south facing vineyards where their free-standing Nero d’Avola vines have stood, soaking up the Syracuse sunshine, for 40 years. Feudo Maccari was acquired in 2000 by Antonio Moretti Cuseri – who also owns the Tuscan Tenuta Sette Ponti estate – and his daughter Monica. This region has extremely fertile volcanic soils, as indicated by the abundant lemon and olive groves, carob trees and flowering almonds.
Food matchRoast pork / lentil casserole