Brash Higgins 2021 ‘NDV’ Nero d’Avola Estate-Amphora-Organic
The first to graft Nero d’Avola in McLaren Vale to our organic estate Omensetter Vineyard in 2009, this eleventh vintage of the drought tolerant Sicilian varietal was picked in late Feb after a deliciously cool February eased the pace of the ripening Nero grapes. 2021 to the point was dry with low yields and terrific acidity.
The transparency of the Nero d’Avola grape was preserved in our “NDV” by using gentle, ancient techniques and naturally occurring wild yeasts. The grapes were destemmed then fermented wild and aged on skins and seeds for six months in locally made 200L bees-wax lined clay amphoras (aka clay pots).
“Lighter ruby in colour, with hints of black cherry, Indian spices and stem ginger. Orange peel also present which is usual in this wine. Reminiscent of a Negroni cocktail, angostura bitters and all. A pomegranate, bright dark raspberry and morello cherry mid-palate balanced by a refreshing sweet and sour red cherry acidity. The wine finishes with fine grained, chain link tannins as well as some savouriness. Decanting is always recommended for amphora wines” – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, January 1, 2022.
Harvest date: Feb 22, 2021 Hand picked
Vineyard: Omensetter Vnyd
Grower: Brash Higgins
Viticulture: Organic Certified
Soil: Red clay over limestone (Ngaltinga Formation)
Fermenter type: open 200L amphora, wild yeast
Cap management: hand plunged two times daily
Days on skins: six months
Time in amphora: Six months
Amphora origin: Adelaide, Bennett’s Magill Pottery
Lining: McLaren Vale bees-wax
Bottling date: October 11, 2021
Closure: Stelvin +
100% Organic Nero d’Avola from Omensetter Vineyard
pH 3.4, TA 6.9 g/l, Alc 13.7%
Price: $45 per bottle