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2017 Unico Zelo Esoterico Spice Blend

Riverland, SA

A delicious dipping of the toe into the world of skin contact 'orange' wines. Excellent release, insane value.

$23.00

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About

About The Wine

A favourite amongst those who've tracked the Carters from the beginning: the Esoterico is the wild child of the UZ range...

With Brendan and Laura's experience with this style of wine a little richer now, the execution of this skin contact white is on another level.

Supercharged aromatics from the Muscat of Alexandria and the Biano D'Alessano, with a little boost to the mouthfeel from their old friend Fiano. They nailed the recipe this year.

It's orange in colour and cloudy as all get out, it lives up to its esoteric name but with oodles of drinkability. That's what these skinsy whites should all be about.

About Unico Zelo

Unico Zelo is the project of winemaking couple Brendan and Laura Carter. In their words, their aim is to create “Italian-inspired, textural and site-expressive wines” and “Australian examples of Mediterranean varieties in an approachable and jovial fashion.”

Since bursting onto the scene in 2014 with their eye-catching, outrageously good value alternative vino, the Carters have spread their wings and their range.

They now make a large suite of wines, including single vineyard examples of Fiano, Nero d'Avola and Nebbiolo.

They are one of the most dynamic winemaking duos in the Adelaide Hills.

Brendan & Laura Carter
Brendan & Laura Carter
Adelaide Hills, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Ginger and white flowers, mandarin, citrus peel, it's a riot of smells in there. But the wine and it's style are about texture, ultimately, and you get plenty of it here. It's waxy, softly grippy, layered and smooth to drink. Acid pulls tight, tannins are smooth but present. It's a delightful wine to drink. Intriguing and smashable all at once. - Different Drop Wine Team

Additional Info

From The Producer

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
One of the most captivating things in winemaking is the constant struggle between Art and Science - crafting a pinpoint precise, squeaky clean wine - or embracing your inner creative, and searching for more ethereal experiences.

We've had a desire to create a wine like this for some time. In representation of a winemaking style that has existed for many millennia out of countries like Georgia, and influenced the styles of winemaking seen in Friuli, Sicily and Pantelleria. It's not exactly white wine, nor red - many call it Orange or Amber wine...but we like to call is Esoterico. It's a purposeful blend of three white wine varieties, left on their skins (much like red wine) - to develop rich aromatics and a lean, driven palate.

Being very aware of how drying these wines could be - we specifically sought four varieties - Muscat d'Alessandria (for it’s sweeter aromatics and waxy/oily mouthfeel), Bianco d’Alessano (for it’s acidity) and Riesling (for it’s astringency). In varying amounts, we seek to achieve a synergistic orchestra between components. We make no additions of any kind - save for sulphur when we bottle the wine. There is no fining or filtration involved, with the wine allowed to clarify by gravity alone - resulting in a slight haze and sediment.

This was one of the most enjoyable wines to craft, as there was no preconceived idea of what it must taste like - the chief driver was drinkability. We searched for a wine that gave you the thirst - a 'scrumptious' quality - mouthwatering acidity and 'say hello!' tannins. It's a Bohemian at heart.

Method: 14 days on skins, wild ferment, matured in old puncheons and foudre for 12 months, unfiltered

Blend : Bianco d'Alessano, Muscat of Alexandria, Fiano
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

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