Grapes: 100% Nero d’Avola
Production: Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Nutshell: Fragrant, Light, Focused, Herbal
Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly: Vegan
COS is the initials of the three school friends that founded this well known natural winery back in the 80s. Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Pinuccia Strano first started out on the well-trodden path of most other winemakers in the region at the time, new barriques and trying to emulate a style for the masses. It didn’t take the three of them long to realise by doing this they were cloaking the elements of their vineyards that made them unique. Fast forward to today and COS is a beacon for low intervention, natural wine lovers. Now when they use barrels they are older and don’t impart flavour, but they do allow the wines to mature and breath. They are also famous for the 400 litre clay amphorae sunk into the ground where they allow many of their wines to ferment. There is something magical and special about COS wines, they truly represent the soil, land and climate of where the grapes are grown.
There’s a real purity about this Nero d’Avola, its fragrant, herbal aromas mix effortlessly with dark cherries and an ever so slight salty olive note. It’s precise and focused and shows true characteristics of Nero d’Avola. It’s had around 20+ months in clay amphorae meaning no oak influence to mask all the subtleties of this expressive wine.