2021 Unico Zelo Pipe Dream Nero d'Avola

A stunning, small batch Nero d'Avola release from a powerhouse winemaking couple enchanted by this heat-loving Sicilian variety.
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Ask Unico Zelo winemaker Brendan Carter the reason for the name 'Pipe Dream' for this wine and he chuckles, explaining that he has a pipe dream that one day Nero d'Avola will be planted more widely in Australian than Shiraz.

Maybe one day!

This wine is all about exploring what Nero can do from a cooler climate in the Adelaide Hills (Birdwood specifically) as opposed to its usual warmer Aussie homes of Heathcote, McLaren Vale and Riverland.

The resulting wine is impressive, pulsating with both brightness and concentration, whilst never losing its natural acidity.

Not a lot made, but absolutely delicious! The perfect drop for when you're feeling a little fancy.

A Single Vineyard expression of Nero in the Adelaide Hills, this is what we crack open when we want that rich and lush red. Full of plums and ripe cherries.
When Pipe Dream is on song, it’s arguably the best wine we produce. Ripe, primary fruit, with racy acid and pure red and blue fruits. It’s on song this year. It has an uber addictive raspberry core, with ripples of blueberry and bright red apple. There is a real rocky, mineral acidity that’s a bit new for this wine, but it’s a lovely complexing character. It has some almost lemongrass-y hits too. Love the development of these vines now, after being grafted in 2016 and it should evolve really nicely in bottle. A wine with just a hint of luxury.

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Blend: Nero d'Avola (100%)
ABV: 13.50%
Closure: 750ml
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4.5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
Based on 4 reviews
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100%would recommend this product
4 reviews
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    stan z.
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Perennial Favorite

    This 2021 vintage is firing on all cylinders. Its has all the redskin / sour raspberry flavors you could ask for.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • BR
    Benjamin R.
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Very tasty nero

    Very tasty nero

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • TH
    Tom H.
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    3 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Plump and delicious

    Think luscious plums, sour cherries, dark spices and dark chocolate. I don’t think I’ve ever had a wine so juicy in mouth feel, completed by a little tingle on the back palate from the acid.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Alex W.
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    3 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Fruity, juicy and damn good fun

    The label says it all, big juicy and perfect for a celebration or party - it’s not too serious but it’s damn delicious. Dark crimson, big on cherry and notes of strawberry. Best opened at room temperature. Ideal for dinner with friends.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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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.

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