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Jummare Organic Nero d'Avola 2019 £12.95
Jummare Organic Nero d'Avola 2019
Over a third of Italy’s organic vineyards are found in Sicily. The hot climate and breezy conditions mean that disease pressure in the vineyards is low, one of the reasons why many Sicilian growers have embraced organic practices. In the hills around Menfi, there are close to 1,000 hectares of organic vineyard, so it was relatively easy to select the best of these vineyards to use as the base for the Jummare wines.
The vineyards are situated in the Menfi area, at an altitude of 280 metres above sea level. The soils are a mixture of sand and limestone. The vines are Guyot pruned.
The 2019 vintage began with rain throughout the autumn, when a year's worth of rain fell in the space of a few months. The sandy soil meant the roots avoided waterlogging, while the rain also replenished deep-lying water reserves. In spring, temperatures were below the seasonal average and this, along with rain during reduced fruit set. Summer was relatively cool, meaning the growing season and ripening phase was long, and this allowed the grapes to develop slowly and in excellent health with no instances of hydric stress. In summary, yields were 22% lower than usual but the quality was high.
On arrival at the winery, the grapes were crushed and destemmed. Fermentation took place at 18-22°C for 8-10 days. The wine was aged in barriques for six months.
Dark ruby in the glass, this wine expresses beautiful notes of ripe forest fruit, blackberry and cherry on the nose. On the palate, it is fresh, pulpy and pleasantly savoury. The soft tannins provide structure and there is a long, balsamic finish.
Decanter: 89 Points
Peter Richards’ top lighter red wines for summer
Sicily doesn't just do a great line in summery whites but reds too. Nero d'Avola can be made in different styles but this one is very much in the upbeat, vibrant camp, with aromas of cherry blossom and ripe red fruits. There's a beautifully fresh acidity at the heart of a crunchy, lively, invigorating flavour profile. Very enjoyable, full of the joys of summer. Drinking Window 2020 - 2021
Peter Richards MW