2023 Unico Zelo Magic 38

Light, chillable (and crushable) red wine modelled off the delicious savoury and structured wines of Tavel Rose.

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The team at Wine For the People (Unico Zelo's excellent wine content YouTube Channel) has produced this little cheeky red wine as a bit of a tip of the cap to the vibrant Tavel Rosé style. This light red made from Syrah/Shiraz is here for a good time, not a long time.

Utilizing Adelaide Hills Syrah sourced from a previous Jimmy Watson-winning vineyard, they made this in a similar style to that of a Beaujolais Nouveau. Employing carbonic maceration for five days followed by morning crushing of whole bunches and afternoon pressing, the juice underwent wild fermentation in stainless steel tanks, where it patiently rested until its bottling in January. 

The resulting wine is incredibly fresh, giving you flavours of ripe raspberries, apples, and red cherry, complemented by subtle Syrah-esque spices in the background. 

This was a super limited once-off production. Just one barrel made and we have just five dozen available!

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The Wine For the People crew have jumped in the cellar to craft their ode to the Number 38 - for those who follow the show know, is the Magic Number for the price of Natural Wine. So we crafted a wine to show our love for those 38 Dollar bottles, inspired by Tavel Rosé - one of the freshest and most fun styles of wine that we adore drinking properly chilled.

So we took some Adelaide Hills Syrah from a Jimmy Watson-winning vineyard and made it in a very un Jimmy Watson way - putting it under Carbonic Maceration for 5 days before crushing it in the morning on whole bunches and pressing in the afternoon, and letting it wild ferment in stainless steel, before it rests there until we bottled it in January. The results are, in a word, lively. Big, juicy raspberries, apple and red cherry, with some Syrah-style spices in the backdrop. It's crunchy, it's devoid of tannin, and it may be the easiest-to-drink red wine that's ever been made in Unico Zelo's 4 walls (and that's saying something).

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.

Winemaker Laura Carter doing what she does best. Discover Unico Zelo

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