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Scylla Nero d'Avola - 2022

95 Points
A Sicilian variety that performs best when it’s slightly lighter bodied and reserved. Although riper in terms of alcohol it has a beautifully seductive perfumed bouquet. Bright red fruits pervade initially on the nose with a spicy violet floral lift. Just love the feel of the palate. The brightness and energy is evident immediately, with the red currant and cranberry characters providing a beautiful flavour combo.
Ray Jordan, Winepilot, February 2024

95 Points
Bold, sweet and sour fruit flavours headlined by cherry – what’s not to like here? The Sicilian grape has made itself right at home in McLaren Vale, lapping up the warmth and repaying growers with a medium-bodied, sinewy-tannined, supple, easy flowing wine like this. Lively in black and red fruit and full of youthful bounce. Black plum, mulberry, red cherry dripped in chocolate (imagine Cherry Ripe) and lifted spice and that’s just the bouquet. Candied red fruits and a touch of confection meet the taste buds alongside maraschino cherry, dried fruits, dried herbs with a hint of bay leaf in a complex array of flavours fashioned around smart, integrated oak. A seriously good combination of rich flavours that deserves further time in the bottle.
Jeni Port, WInepilot, February 2024

93 Points
Hibiscus, Rosella and tobacco leaf. Raspberry compote, strawberries and bleeding pomegranate seeds. Red clay, dried paperbark and paprika spice. Red delicious apple skin phenolics, weighty in the middle palate and with serious staying power. Cherry jam and cumin. Attractive in its confection and a wine that would delight crowds. This is why Nero is going gangbusters. Drink now and will cellar 1-3 years. Serve with peppery black pepper studded salami.
Shanteh Wale, WInepilot, March 2024

92 Points
Crushed and fermented cool; seasoned French oak for 12 months. The gentle vinification has rendered a relatively pale colour, but that is a ruse, with ample flavour evident on the nose and confirmed by the palate. Cherries, black and ripe red, and raspberries feature, along with redcurrant jelly, a sprinkling of celery salt and a dusty kick of earth. There’s fleshy and fruitful intent on the palate, but cool, fine tannins and perky acidity provide an assertively fresh foil.
Marcus Ellis, Wine Companion, February 2024

91 Points
That’s a quite bright and light-ish ruby, wasn’t expecting that. Sweet black cherries, red plums, rose water top note, whiffs of black liquorice. But also light sourness of cranberries, bitter-sweet herbs, a hint of coffee and cloves with cherry blossom lingering in the back. Enjoyable lightness throughout, except for a little heady finish. It’s a good drink overall.
Kasia Sobiesiak, The Wine Front, March 2024

Bronze Medal
Royal Adelaide Wine Show, October 2023

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