Saturday, April 13, 2013

Golden Grove Estate 2011 Nero d'Avola

I recently tasted a batch of wines from Queensland, largely from the Granite Belt, and while several of the whites shone, this was the standout red. The Costanzo family craft some excellent wines at their Ballandean facility and this is a delightful take on the Sicilian grape Nero d'Avola, which is growing in popularity in Australia. It has a delightful freshness and drinkability to it, with a bright mixed berry and smoky nose followed by zingy ripe fruit, good structure, spicy intensity and plenty of lively acid. Very food friendly and a great lunchtime red at just 13.5% alcohol. $24.

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