HELIOS Nero d'Avola DOC Sicilia 2016


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Helios is crafted from a historic family parcel in
Contessa Entellina, vines over 30 years old. A
persuasive Nero d’Avola and Syrah blend, with
aromas of sweet spice, black cherry and earthy notes.
Balanced with a tannic texture of great finesse and a
beautiful saline line giving freshness and length to
the flavors.
Denomination DOC Sicilia
Variety Nero d’Avola 85%, Syrah 15%
Alcohol 13.5%
Production 6,000 bottles
Vineyards 30-year-old vines in Paradiso, Contessa
Entellina (PA)
Altitude 1,400 feet
Soil Mixed Clay and volcanic tuff
Vinification Hand-harvested, destemmed grapes,
open top barrel fermentation, soft pressing.
Aging 15 months in stainless steel, 9 months in
French tonneau

Helios is an expressive blend of Nero d’Avola and
Syrah, made from the historic family vineyard
Paradiso in Contessa Entellina. Here, the ancient
history of Nero d’Avola and Syrah are deeply linked to
the western Sicilian wine tradition.
Helios, the Greek god of sun, is named after the
winery's founder Aurelio Di Giovanna. This flagship
Nero d’Avola is surprising for its elegance, showing a
mix of ripe dark fruits and black cherry. Helios
represents the pinnacle of the family's passion and
dedication to their organically cultivated vineyards.
Color Deed ruby red
Aroma Hints of violets, black cherry and blackberry,
pleasant notes of sweet spice and chocolate
Flavour Decisive and robust, harmonious, with
velvety tannins and a pleasant, lengthy finish.
93 points 2016 - James Suckling
94 points 2015- Wine Orbit
91 points 2015- James Suckling
90 points 2014 - James Suckling
5 Stelle 2015 - Vini di Sicilia Guida
Gold Medal 2014- Gilbert & Gaillard
4 grappoli 2010 - Bibenda