Our introduction to Ephemera wines came from when Rhen Dodd was working as assistant to Gary Mills at Jamsheed. He's since started his own label with partner Jannelle de Gabriele, working out of Yarra Valley with the majority of their fruit sourced from the organic Chalmer's Vineyard in Heathcote, North Victoria.
Nero d'Avola ("Near-oh dav-oh-lah"), the bright fresh and fruity Sicilian red variety, here grown on ancient Cambrian clay soils in North Victoria.
Approximately 65% whole bunches, left for three weeks in a fermenter without any form of maceration (no pump overs or punchdowns, to retain juicy, fruit-pure freshness), then pressed into old, large format French oak for 6 months. Bottled unfiltered and unfined, and with just a small amount of sulphur dioxide added.
Tags: Ephemera, Rhen Dodd, Jannelle de Gabriele, Heathcote, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, Organic