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Syrah, Nero d'Avola


14.5 Alcohol


Nero d’Avola (nare-OH de-voh-la) is the sweetheart of Sicily and when it’s blended with elegant-style Syrah you get an unforgettable wine with finesse. Nero d'Avola can be found in spatterings in California and Australia, but it is at home in the dry and hot climate of Sicily. You’ll find complexity, intensity and balance in this Italian island wine, which you’ll find is perfect for any occasion. The Finimondo! 2017 is a powerful wine without being over the top or too robust. Known for bringing bold fruit flavours to the table, Nero d'Avola (and Syrah) create a strapping combination How do you get all that flavour and aroma intensity while retaining the elegance? The way Cantine Pellegrino does it is this: “Natural dehydration of the berry obtained through the technique of cutting the shoot, with the consequent enhancement of the aromatic fragrances of the mature peel.” Basically what that means is when the grape dries out a bit on the vine, the water depletion intensifies the colour and flavour of the grape. This wine is best served slightly chilled at about 13 C.

How it looks

Medium ruby red with a pale rim and tears that stick to the glass. It’s still quite young so you’ll see a purple-ish hue.

How it smells

Maybe it has been awhile since you have enjoyed a Turkish delight, but the aroma should conjure memories of this confectioned treat! Fresh raspberries, bramble berries, vanilla and a little bit of cocoa. And a bit like Black Forest cake in a glass! You’ll want to keep smelling this wine over and over before you take your first sip.

How it tastes

There are distinct savoury characteristics to the wine alongside the flavour of sweet homemade cranberry sauce. There’s also cracked pink peppercorns, adding a touch of spice. Plenty of tart red fruit to go around, with richness of balsamic reduction and cherry compote. The acidity is fresh and zippy, making your cheeks and gums tingle on a long, tasty finish. Finimondo is light, refreshing and approachable while delivery a fruity punch.

Recommended food pairing

Turkey dinner with all the fixins' is a great match, but if it’s too far away from Thanksgiving feel free to enjoy this wine with a turkey, brie and pear open-face toasted sandwich. It would also be great with a grilled chicken salad and cranberry vinaigrette.


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