Highlighting another delicious wine from Australia. Far from producing only big, fruit-forward Shiraz, Australia is also making some delicious, unusual wines these days that (when you can find them) are fantastic deals!
For example, I recently just finished a bottle Brash Higgins NDV Nero d’Avola 2013. I discovered it via K&L wine merchants Insiders Advantage list, and it was one of the most unusual and delicious wines I’ve had in a long time. Nero d’Avola is a Sicilian grape, and thus well suited to the hot, sunny climate of McLaren Vale in South Australia. The grapes were then aged in large, wax-sealed clay amphorae, and bottled unfiltered. It sounds like a total geek wine (and it is) but it’s also delicious. It smells of sour cherries, raspberries, and some other flowery-herbal scent; a few other tasters have noted lavender. It’s also beautifully balanced; the high acidity gives lift and freshness to the fruit flavors and the tannins are there, but not overwhelming. My favorite wines are always super drinkable, and I was seriously tempted to consume the entire bottle in one sitting.
There were less than 300 cases of this produced, but I really hope more of it makes it to the states in the future. Sadly I believe I purchased the last bottle on sale in California, but according to wine searcher you can find it in New York (or Australia).