|Wine:||Alpha Box & Dice “Siren”|
|Wine Maker:||Sam Berketa|
Good evening wine lovers and welcome to my second wine review of 2017. This evening, I venture back into familiar territory with a wine that I absolutely adored last year. The 2014 Siren Nero D’Avola was breath-takingly magnificent; and thus, my tastebuds have begun once again to salivate over the thought of the 2015 vintage. So, why not crack on with the review.
Colour: Stained ruby red, with a dark magenta underlay.
Aroma: Red Cherry. (Slightly Sour), rhubarb, and floral bouquets. (Rose, violets and lavender.) Milk chocolate, salted caramel, coconut oil, liquorice and white pepper. The longer the wine is left to decanter, the greater the aroma complexity becomes. I was beginning to get the sense of hot sand an ocean breeze. Maybe I’m sounding a tad pretentious, but get your nose up to the glass and see for yourself.
Palate: Medium Bodied. Sour red cherry and cranberry work alongside the likes of coconut and flower petals. The mid palate displays nuances of lavender flowers and beeswax which work along with an essence of vanilla bean. This wine is not as bold as the 2014, but there is a lot more flavour complexity. Suck your gums, and you start to explore the tannin of the wine, although smooth, you can pick up wet terracotta. The wine finishes off on floral petals, red cherry and spice. Almost sounds on profile like a really beefed up Pinot Noir. (Maybe one reason I love this wine so much…)
Personal Thoughts: This wine has plenty of tight acid, and considering that this wine was only bottled 3 weeks ago, there is a little while to go to let this wine show its full potential. Therefore, a good decanting is essential. (I gave this wine 2 hours.) Although not as bold and rich as the 2014, this wine showcases plentiful floral and fruit characters and to me really is a great representation of its terroir. Most red wines are sedated by oak influence. However, this wine is just a grand showcase of good winemaking, and what you see is what you get. This wine is make-up free, and for that, I absolutely love it. I am back into familiar territory, and once again, I expect this wine to make it into the top ten list at the end of the year.
Drink: Now to 2026 (I suggest give it 2 to 3 years and it will be perfect.)
The SA Wine Guy