Get to know Nero d'Avola for just £5
That's a very modest price for any wine. And it's great to find something that's pretty good within the supermarkets' ever-growing own-label wine ranges
If you've never tried Nero d'Avola, you really should do. Sicily's most widely-planted vine can make for some very good wines; a variety to remember next time you're scanning a wine list looking for the value option.
Whilst the best examples are going to cost much more than this, Morrison's simply labelled version ticks all the boxes to give you a realistic, juicy-fruited introduction to the island's signature grape.
The fact it's got no fancy picture on the label means you could easily miss on the shelf. But also that they've not wasted much on the marketing to accompany it.
So often these own-labelled wines can all be a bit, well, 'samey'. They follow the assumption that everyone loves "RS" (residual sugar); whereby that syrupy/sweet/jammy element in the wine overpowers any chance the variety's got to identify itself.
This finishes dry. Not too dry to alienate anyone, but drier than many a Nero d'Avola that'd cost twice as much from many a merchant. This gives the wine that dual role of being a great "on its own" drink; or pair with pretty much anything you'd want to drink a red wine with.
You're not going to get, or even expect, top drawer quality for a fiver. But this is a very credible introduction to Sicily's great red grape.
It's a bargain both at the usual £6 price tag; and certainly with the current offer.
Try a taste of Sicily. It can be addictive.
- Cerasuolo di Vittoria is Sicily's only DOCG-denominated wine (i.e. considered highest quality) is majority Nero d'Avola.
- It's a good option on restaurant/pub/hotel wine lists; there's a good chance you'll be getting more bang for you buck than better-known grape varieties.
- Pronunciation; it's NEH-roh DAH-voh-lah (listen here)