2018 vintage was superb. Winter was slightly wetter than average getting the vines off to a brilliant start leading them into Spring which was warmer and drier than average. Rain in early December refreshed the vines and ensured they remained strong and healthy for the overall dry and hot Summer. Autumn also remained dry with perfect Autumnal temperatures leading into harvest. The 2018 yields are good and the quality is excellent, a classic Barossa vintage.
Zitta Greenock Nero d’Avola is produced from a single block of vines on the De Fazio vineyard. From all the blocks on the vineyard only this block matches the soil profile that suits the variety, thus producing the highest quality fruit. The row orientation is North South providing maximum sunlight. The soil profile is white alluvial sand over deep red shale clay. The warm dry growing temperature of the North Western Barossa Valley provides ideal growing temperatures to ripen the grapes.
The 2018 Greenock Nero d’Avola was harvested on March 23rd and the grapes gently de-stemmed to small open top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for 10 days on skins with hand plunging carried out twice daily. The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to seasoned large formate 600 litre French oak barrels and matured for 24 month prior bottling.
The 2018 Greenock Nero d’Avola is deep red in colour. The aroma is inviting with notes of red cherry, wild rose, sweet spice and fresh raspberry. The palate is full but delicate to medium in weight, with generous explosive flavours of red and black berries, red plum, sage and hint of sweet cinnamon spice. Soft natural tannins give the wine a pleasant firmness. A crisp lingering finish is complemented by a tantalising acid structure leaving the plate fresh, which is the hallmark of this stunning wine. This Zitta Greenock Nero d’Avola is drinking well on release and can be cellared for a decade or more.