Unico Zelo is a small winery, run by the youthful Brendan and Laura Carter. Still only in their mid-twenties, this dynamic couple have been making wine under the Unico Zelo label for the last seven years, taking their inspiration from their intense passion for their native land. The wines are crafted from varieties that require minimal intervention, both in the vineyard and the winery. The in-depth study of vineyard sites in South Australia has led them to focus on Italian varieties, such as Fiano and Nero d’Avola which are perfectly suited to being dry-farmed in the arid Riverland as well as Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Barbera which flourish in the inland, continental climate of the Clare Valley. These delicious and unique wines combine sustainability and drinkability to great effect.
True Blue is an ode to the iconic Australian red blends. Think Cabernet Shiraz or Syrah Pinot. Aussies have created some distinct red blends in the recent wine history of this country. We’ve had a crack at an unapologetically Unico take on the everyday, reliable, brooding red blend, choosing varieties suited to their respective climates. Grenache does the heavy lifting, a variety we haven’t dived into much as it’s far from the underdog varieties we typically use. Still, after working with some 1940s vines in the Riverland, we’ve become enamoured with this drought-hardy variety. Touriga Nacional from the mighty Langhorne Creek is our next heavy hitter in the blend. It adds a rich, ironstone drive full of ripe black fruit and black olive tapenade. We’ve pieced the puzzle together with small doses of our beloved Nero D’avola, some lovely Adelaide Hills Syrah (one of the best places to grow it in the country), and a new one for us, Montepulciano, with a lively spicy finish! As patriotic as we can get, this punchy red is perfect for an old friend and a campfire. Heeeeeyyyyyy True Blue