Tule Rosso Nero d'Avola DOP, Cantine Rollo

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Tule Rosso, 2019, Cantina Rallo

Jammy and sun-kissed red wine with plenty of oomph

Region: Sicily, Italy
Grape(s): Nero d’Avola
Genre: Organic certified
Low Sulphur: Relatively
Tasting Notes: Dark cherry and plum jam, with a bit of liqourice and spice

Cantina Rallo is based in the ‘Port of God’ (or Mars el-Allah, as the Moors called it in the Middle Ages; now Marsala) on the western tip of Sicily. Known for its fortified wine, Marsala is now home to many winemakers making dry white wines with some salty characteristics from its proximity to the sea breeze. Diego Rallo founded this winery in 1860, and it was almost exclusively making the famed sweet wines until they became less fashionable in the early 1990s – at which point, business became difficult and the winery was bought by the Vesco family in 1997. They started to focus on dry white wines, as well as the powerful reds that have become ubiquitous with Sicily. A large estate with organic certification (although not all their wines bear the stamp) they are making wines with fairly little manipulation that are a great gateway into the world of ‘lo-fi’ wines.

Tule Rosso comes from 100% Nero d’Avola, the quintessential red grape of Sicily. It is powerful and full in the body, with lots of dark fruits like black cherry and plum. Spending a little time in oak barrels adds some depth and punch in the form of coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice meaning this sun kissed red packs a big punch that makes you want to eat something tomato based and maybe a hunk of meat.