Unico-Zelo The River Nero d'Avola 2017 (Riverland, South Australia) "...licorice, spice, plum..."
Unico Zelo roughly translates to Unique Zeal / Energy, which goes a long way to describe the young gun wine making couple Laura and Brendan. At 25 years a piece, they have created one of the most innovative new wineries to come out of Australia in years. They are the envy of the old fuddy-duddy end of the wine making town, and we love them for it.
Brendan's early passion for wine saw him jet off to France straight after school to see what it was like to work in a top notch winery. And it didn't disappoint. He headed home to skill-up his wine expertise and study viticulture in Adelaide. This is where he met Laura, and convinced her to focus her agriculture brains on the noblest crop... grapes. Their mission is to produce their favourite easy to drink Italian drops on Australian soil and make them accessible to the youth young Australian wine lovers.
"Proudly from some of the most ancient soils on this earth - The Riverland, a complete underdog region that epitomises what it is to craft fine wine on the edge. Rich red earth, sandy soils covering limestone. Challenging, avant-garde - and one of the most exciting wines we've crafted to date. This variety hails from the wild land of Sicily - or as some would know it, south of the border - effectively - another Italy. We're intensely passionate about this variety and it's clear potential in the warm, sun-drenched spots of Australia. The insane water-efficiency of this variety coupled with no additions in the vineyard or winery (save for a small component of SO2 at bottling) displays the potential for this variety to craft succulent, juicy, aromatic and supremely refreshing wine. One of our most gluggable/smashable wines. Method: 5 days on skins, wild ferment, matured in stainless steel
Lighter and brighter in colour than previous years. It's all purple berries and licorice allsorts, some sweet spices and soft furry tannins. Supple and easy to knock back. Not a complicated wine, but a dangerously easy one to drink." - Producer