Have I mentioned how happy I am to be covering more of Lethbridge’s work of late? Such a compelling winery, so many beautiful and interesting wines. I like these new labels too. You get a brief rundown of the history of the grape, viticultural characteristics and even a few further recommendations for those who wish to seek out more Nero d’Avola. It’s all very collegiate and civilised. For a moment you can forget about the politics that drive wine in Australia and abroad.
Exuberant and joyous. At once plump and juicy while dusty and earthen. Jubey blackberries, fresh plums and cherries burst out of the glass. Cupboard spices, charcuterie and pork and fennel seed sausages add complexity and personality. Plentiful lush, ripe tannin. Gorgeous fruit treated with the utmost respect. The only reason not to give it a gold medal rating is that I believe it’s a wine for drinking now rather than popping in the cellar. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s not much of a reason at all. 94
Tasted: March 2014