Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C. 2005

Tenuta Rapitala

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

The Nuhar 2005 has expressive aromas of dark berries, forest floor, holly with smoky notes. On the palate, there is ripe fruit with tart black currants, blackberries and spices. A perfect pair with robust meat dishes or spicy sauces, the wine has a warm, long finish, and a lasting impression of ripe fruit.

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Quarterly Review of Wine Author: Tom Maresca
    Date: Thursday, March 1, 2007

    A rapidly developing estate, predominantly blending Sicilian and international grapes. The mostly Nero dAvola Nuhar is the most typically Sicilian of the line.

    Grade: 'Southern Italy's Best'

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