Unico Zelo Esoterico Spice Blend 2022
2022 release is a blend of 50% Zibibbo (Riverland) with a blend of Gewürztraminer (Polish Hill River), Moscato Giallo and a small parcel of Greco di Tufo from vineyards in the Riverland and Polish Hill River.
What is Esoterico? A wonderfully delicious and genuinely affordable ‘dip your toe in Orange’ wine from Unico Zelo. A Zibibbo blend fermented on skins for 14 days. Half of the wine is left in tank whilst the second half is patiently left to age in a 3500 litre foudre for 10 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This wine never fails to take me back to when I first met Brendan & Laura and they outlined their passionate mission to try and support a grower so he wouldn’t pull out his incredible old bush vine Zibibbo planted in the Riverland who just wasn’t getting any love for his grapes except for cask wine production. They saw first hand the quality of the fruit and set out to try and find a way to buy all the fruit from his vineyard, not just to save the vines but to find a way to pay him a far better price for his grapes. After a making/bottling these grapes in various guises Unico Zelo created Esoterico, a skin contact expression of the fruit from this vineyard and it has been a tremendous success. 7-21 days on skins (variety dependent) maturation in stainless & foudre for 12 months on fine lees, before racking to stainless for further maturation prior to botting
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