Unico Zelo 'The River' Nero D'Avola 2016
Riverland - Australia
The wine's story
Unico Zelo is a winery with attitude. From their bold and bodacious marketing campaigns and merchandise, to their deeply-flavoured wines inspired by some of the great, powerful wine regions of the world, they like to do things a bit differently. It comes as no surprise, then, that Unico Zelo have their home in the Adelaide Hills, quickly becoming the spiritual home of Australia’s more innovative and experimental wine scene, where they’ve established themselves as the confident newcomers on the scene with plenty to say.
The philosophy of Unico Zelo is to show the world just how varied Australian wine can be, and how flexible and forgiving the fascinating soils around the slopes of the Adelaide Hills are. They also use vineyards in places like Clare Valley, where their fruit can benefit from mineral rich shale soils, and gain plenty of expression in the bottle. They’ve selected an unusual and radical set of grape varietals with which to make their wines - a lot of southern Italian and Sicilian grapes are grown here, famed for their deep, punchy flavours which suit the new generation of wine drinkers, who want to enjoy powerful wines in an informal setting. Nero d’Avola and Dolcetto, Fiano, Nebbiolo and Muscat are all present and correct: these are single varietal and blended wines which are setting themselves apart from the classic Aussie grapes and the techniques and approaches of others. A breath of fresh, Italian-inspired air, which is gaining a set of dedicated followers with every new release.
Nero d’Avola is the darling of Sicily, which is quickly gaining in popularity worldwide, and is beginning to show great promise in Australia. It is famed for its deep fruit flavours, all plums and black cherries, with a distinctly spicy note that makes it great fun to pair with a range of delicious foods. The relatively medium body of Nero d’Avola makes it a good pairing for spiced pork dishes - the rise in popularity of pulled pork and Asian street food has seen it become highly popular with millennial wine fans. It also goes wonderfully with veal, beef stews and game. Unico Zelo is a winery with attitude. From their bold and bodacious marketing campaigns and merchandise, to their deeply-flavoured wines inspired by some of the great, powerful wine regions of the ... read more
Nero d’Avola originally hails from Sicily in the south of Italy, and recently clever thinking Australian winemakers (like Laura and Brendan Carter from Unico Zelo for example!) have been realising the climatic similarities between there and Australia, and picking up in the fact that the grape varieties grown there just might be suited to our warm Aussie climate.
In the warmth of the Riverland in the north-east of South Australia, Nero d’Avola produces healthy and juicy fruit, bursting with flavour, but retaining its natural acidity.
This wine is medium bodied, with huge flavours of sour plum and blueberry, vibrant citric acidity and awash with refreshment. Delicious. Nero d’Avola originally hails from Sicily in the south of Italy, and recently clever thinking Australian winemakers (like Laura and Brendan Carter from Unico Zelo for example!) have been realising ... read more