2022 Unico Zelo Esoterico

Spicy, exotic amber wine from the dynamic Unico Zelo team. Super value and the perfect introduction to orange wines.
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"The chief driver is pure drinkability - a 'scrumptious' quality - mouthwatering acidity and 'say hello!' tannins. It's a Bohemian at heart."
- Brendan & Laura Carter on the Esoterico

A real cult 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 Zibibbo, Moscato Giallo, Gewurztraminer & Greco, with a little boost to the mouthfeel from their old friend Fiano. They've certainly nailed this recipe, and it's no wonder it's become such a cult favourite for fans of this South Australian duo.

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

Crafting a pinpoint precise, squeaky clean wine is one of the most boring things we could possibly think of. We prefer embracing your inner creative, and searching for more radical experiences. This has become one of our most cult-followed wines since we began. It's not exactly white wine, nor red - many call it Amber wine...but we just call it Esoterico. 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 is one of the most enjoyable wines to craft, as there was no preconceived idea of what it must taste like - the chief driver is pure drinkability - a 'scrumptious' quality - mouthwatering acidity and 'say hello!' tannins. It's a Bohemian at heart.

Variety: Zibibbo, Gewurtztraminer, Moscato Giallo, Greco
Region: Riverland & Clare Valley
Soil Type: Ancient Sandy Limestone Soils
Vintage: 2022
Alcohol: 10.5% ABV
Volume: 750ml
Traditional Owners: Ngawait & Ngaduri Country

4.4
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
Based on 14 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 10 Total 4 star reviews: 2 Total 3 star reviews: 1 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 1
93%would recommend this product
14 reviews
  • JP
    Jessica P.
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    11 seconds ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great product from a great winery.

    I visited Unico Zelo, and enjoyed their wines, and meeting their staff. Was happy to find I could purchase this wine locally. Light, tasty orange wine.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • LP
    Lap P.
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    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great drop

    Always a winner

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • CS
    Christopher S.
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    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Consistent

    Consistent value and good drop.

    TasteRated 4.0 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
  • R
    Randall
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Wow

    I love it when the nose of a wine contradicts the actual flavour. Initially you think "this is gonna be a bit sweet" but then once you taste it there is nothing sweet about the wine, but in a good way! Certainly worth the price. So happy I grabbed 6 bottles. Easily 1 of the best orange wines I have tried. It went well with an aged cheddar, leek, tomato & nutmeg quiche but also went down so well on it's own. Just buy it!

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Luke A.
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    2 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Good Drop at a Great Price

    repeat go to weekday wine

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