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Calabria 2015 Nero d’Avola: Wine Review

Calabria Nero dAvola

Its good to see more of this variety being grown around Australia.  Originally from southern Sicily, it seems to be gaining traction in Australia’s warmer regions like McLaren Vale (SA) and Riverina (NSW).

This example, 2015 Calabria Nero d’avola, shows lovely bright red fruit on the nose. With hints of dried Mediterranean herbs.

On the palate there is a gentleness with the flavours, while still being medium bodied.  Fresh and juicy red fruit, like cherry and raspberry, with a approachable savoury spine flowing down the middle. A little spice and the herbs appear again.  Soft and supple.

The Calabria Nero d’Avola was matched perfectly with pork sausages, caramelized onions, and paris mash. Another great value, quality wine from the team at Calabria.

Alcohol: 14.0%
Price: $15
Region: Riverina, NSW
Source: Provided by producer

Calabria 2013 Old Vine Shiraz: Wine Review

The previous Calabria wines which were tasted, Aglianico, Durif, etc have all come from Riverina in NSW.  But the Calabria family also have some lovely old vines around Barossa Valley in South Australia.

Just like the other Calabria Family wines, this Barossa Old Vine Shiraz is sensational value. On the nose there is dark rich ripe fruit, a good sprinkling of vanilla spice and lots of intensity.

Calabria Shiraz

On the palate the Calabria Old Vine Shiraz is medium to full-bodied-traditional-Barossa-Shiraz goodness. Ripe dark fruit, cooked ripe plums, a bit of dusty fennel seed and roasted meats. The tannins are soft and welcoming. Alcohol is noticeable and warming, and ideal for mid-winter catchup with friends.  While there is an absence of refinement and restraint, it makes up for in generosity of flavour.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $26
Region: BarossaValley, SA
Source: Provided by producer

Edited: Amended price.

Calabria 2014 Aglianico: Wine Review

In the interests of full disclosure, I know very little about the variety Aglianico. Having only tasted one from Canada previously.  But given the opportunity to taste something new, these opportunities must be grasped with both hands. There has been an increasing number of producers releasing an Aglianico.  From regions like Adelaide Hills, Barossa and this one from the Riverina region of NSW. Calabria Aglianico

Aglianico traditionally comes from southern Italy, with traces around the regions of Calabria and Puglia.  A distinct Mediterranean climate with dry warm summer months. According to various sources Aglianico in general can show deep colour, with plum chocolate aromas. Fine grained and sometimes assertive tannins, with noticeable acidity.

The 2014 Calabria Aglianico shows subtle red cherries aromas, hints of liquorice and a summery herbal edge. A smokey backdrop and violets add to the complexity.

On the palate the 2014 Calabria Aglianico is a medium bodied wine and more savory than fruit driven. A core of dried cured meats, with white pepper. Lovely freshness and drying but fine tannins. While its definitely a medium bodied wine, the flavours last for some time. Its a wine which invites you to explore and easily a multiple glass type of experience.

The acidity would cut through richer dishes, like roastduck or more smokey style salumi. The Calabria Aglianico is sensational value and you are encouraged to discover something new.

 

Alcohol: 14.0%
Price: $15
Region: Riverina, NSW
Source: Provided by producer

Calabria 2014 Durif: Wine Review

Known as Petite Syrah in California and South America, this wine is not so petite. So perhaps the name Durif is more appropriate, and far more common in Australia – especially in regions like Rutherglen (VIC) and Riverina (NSW). Dr Durif was responsible for its propagation (from Syrah and Peloursin) in south eastern France in 1880.

This little number from Calabria Family Wines, shows the full depth and intensity of the Durif varietal. The 2014 Calabria Durif has aromas of dark ripe fruit, floral old fashioned roses, and cracked black pepper.  All the aromas leap from the glass with great intensity.  Hints of bitter chocolate and bitumen continue their aromatic invasion.

Calabria Durif
On the palate gentle acid and lots of stewed satsuma plums, supported by charred roasted meat flavours. The tannins are very grippy and drying, and potentially the combination of red meat would tame them a little. The flavours have a lot of intensity up front, but don’t linger around, beckoning you in for another mouthful.

The Calabria 2014 Durif would make an ideal friend for a meal of smoked BBQ meats. Say hello to my little friend.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $25
Region: Riverina, NSW
Source: Provided by producer