It has a pretty label, a pretty nose and a pretty darn good palate. And for about $15 this wine is easily for bargain find of the year. The Mandoleto Sicily Nero d'Avola 2009 is for me the perfect winter fed without the nose bleeding alcohol levels that you can find with some imported Sicilian Nero d'Avola's.
Now Nero d'Avola is very much the raisin de l'année in these parts with plenty of growers in central Vic and the Tobacco Road resurrecting vines planted back when Australia was the destination for thousands of Southern Italian immigrants back in the 1950's, with people like Chalmers, Pizzini championing Italian varieties.
So to the wine. Quite a deep colour with a purple hue, the nose throws great wafts of blue fruit a with a touch of garden lavender. The palate is quite tight up front but washes along the tongue to finish with quite a brightness and an almost cooling sensation as well.
For the price, this has gotta' be a no-brainer for any occasion and anytime of the year.
Drink with eggplant parmegania
Screwcap 13.5% v/v $15 Albert Street Food & Wine soon