Nero d’Avola

Riverland - Australia


Nero d’Avola was introduced to Ricca Terra Farms out of pure frustration during the middle of the ‘millennium drought’ in 2003. Faced with the reality of a limited supply of irrigated water in the future, Ashley needed a variety that could withstand the warm and dry climate of the Riverland region. After extensive in-field trials, he learned that only half the irrigated water was required to grow quality Nero d’Avola grapes compared to other French cultivars. Today, Nero d’Avola is without a doubt Ricca Terra Farm’s flagship grape variety with a number of winemakers either buying or on the waitlist to buy the fruit, in addition to the ‘estate’ bottling of course.

The fruit was hand-harvested and cold soaked overnight to intensify the color and aromatics. Fermentation occurred naturally in old oak with whole clusters. Fermentation lasted about 10 days and the wine spent another five days on the skins, post-ferment. The lots were basket-pressed by hand to old 500L French tonneau for aging. After eight months the barrels were blended and racked to tank to settle. It was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur at bottling.


  • Grapes: 100% Nero d'Avola
  • Vineyard: Ricca Terra Estate – Rudi Block
  • Vine Age: 17-years-old
  • Soil Type: Deep sand intermixed with calcrete
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic
  • Fermentation: Native – old oak (100% whole cluster)
  • Skin Contact: 15 days
  • Aging: 8 months seasoned 500L French tonneau
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.58
  • Total Acidity: 6.1 g/L
  • Total SO2: 29 ppm
  • Total Production: 275 cases
  • UPC: 9353886000024

Tasting Note

The nose yields chocolate and tree bark notes, while the palate is awash with cherries and thyme. It is a cut, slightly herbal style that has lots of zip on the palate with chalky tannins drawing the wine to a close.

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