Cusumano Nero D’Avola 2009

SICILY 13% ODDBINS (Buyers Choice case of 6 mixed) Plastic Cork £6.49 Buy 6 for only £5.19 each
Posted 16th March 2011        

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  • 13%
  • (Buyers Choice case of 6 mixed)
  • Plastic Cork
  • £6.49
  • Buy 6 for only £5.19 each – Save 20% Mixable
  • Ready to drink

Nero D’Avola is the most famous grown native grape in Sicily and usually displays a delicious appealing wine, fresh on the palate, with generous damson fruit and black cherry flavours.

On opening this bottle, with the name of the grape, I expected a great wine.

The first thought was that it had a very dense colour of dark rubies, no light could shine through.

I tried it by sipping and slurping (the correct way of course!) and found the taste quite overpowering, with a metallic tomato sauce kind of aftertaste. I would not say it was aromatic at all, but there was a hint of pepperiness, nuttiness and acidity. I wondered whether the earthy flavour may come from the volcanic fertile soil, and maybe the wine collected flavours, colours and nuances of the island.

The second slurp was taken with homemade pizza, as recommended on the bottle, and this altered the flavour of the wine and made it much more appealing to drink with a damson flavour and rounded palate, with a good balance of tannins – but it still had a bitter aftertaste.

Although on the photograph the label looks bright, it is actually lost on the bottle and so looked boring.

I did not think the price of £6.49 for an individual bottle was correct, I would not pay more than £4 per bottle as it was not really to my taste and therefore I can only give this a 5 out of 10.


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Meet the Author:
Julie & Neil Swift
This wine was reviewed by Julie and Neil Swift, both 51 years of age, and we have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.