2012 Brash Higgins “NDV” Nero d’Avola Amphora Project. McLaren Vale 13.5%

“the drought tolerant Sicilian varietal Nero d’Avola…. more of a ballerina than a boxer”

Brash Higgins “NDV” Nero d'Avola

100% Nero d’Avola that was fermented and aged on its skins for 7 months in locally made 200 litre clay amphoras. What an amphora? They were used in ancient wine making as a vessel to ferment and store wine. I found a few pictures of them on the Brash Higgins website and have reproduced them here with their permission.

Brash Higgins Amphora 1    Brash Higgins Amphora 2

First thing that strikes me is the gentle energy and purity on the palate. Just hums along nicely on the palate. Floral nose of lavender and fresh cherries. On the palate, think crushed cherries, a touch of raspberry and rhubarb, all infused with an espresso shot. There is a hint of porcini mushrooms and roasted chestnuts in there as well. Great cleansing acid on the finish.

I hope the Sicilian’s forgive me for saying this, but I wish all Nero d’Avola wines were this good.

Excellent wine.

Purchased directly from Brash Higgins for $42

Tasted 4th December 2013

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. completely agree with the ‘i wish all ndv’s were this good’ …this is one of my wines of the year for price and interest. sadly i havent been able to find the sm/r you reviewed earlier. nice work.

  2. Pingback: My Top 12 wines of 2013 | Perth Wine Enthusiast

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