Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C. 2016

Tenuta Rapitalà

Nuhar, meaning flower, is sourced from parcels located in the heart of the vineyard. Here, vines grow on clay soils, sheltered from the wine, and in full sunlight. Two great varieties are planted: Nero d’Avola, which develops rich tannins and body in these conditions, and Pinot Noir, King of Burgundy, which responds well to the heat of Sicily with color, softness and depth unlike anywhere else.

Terroir:Select parcels lie at 1,800 feet above sea level are Guyot-trained on clay soil with yields of 32 quintals per acre.

Vinification: Each variety is manually harvested, first the Pinot Noir at the end of August, then the Nero d’Avola at the end of September. Each parcel is vinified in small, stainless steel tanks. Long maceration at a controlled temperature of 75-82°F allow for the extraction of only the best polyphenols. The Nero d’Avola ages in stainless steel to preserve freshness, while the Pinot Noir matures for nine months in small French barriques. Following blending, the wines are bottle refined.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Nuhar

Additional Information

Bright, ruby-red color and a bouquet with strong aromas of dried fruits. The palate is warm and full with a balanced acidity and elegant tannins. The finish is long and lingering and at this point, we discover again the classic aromas of a Pinot Noir ripened by the hot, Sicilian sun. Pairs well with roasted meats, game and truffle dishes.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Sicilia DOC
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Loose clay, sand
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.4 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 4.5 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 40% Nero d’Avola, 60% Pinot Nero

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    "The 2016 Sicilia Pinot Nero Nero d'Avola Nuhar is a blend of two grapes that may seem like total opposites but that are actually more complementary than you might expect. This wine offers the delicate wild berry and blue flower aromas that are characteristic of Pinot Nero with Sicilian aromas of toasted pistachio and wild fennel that are common to Nero d'Avola. The blend of these two grapes results in a soft and silky approach. You could pair this wine with white meat or swordfish steaks. Only the Pinot Nero sees nine months in oak. You get great value here and 20,000 bottles were made."
    Grade: 88+ points

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