Unico Zelo 2017 'Cherry Fields' DolcettoUnico Zelo
Region: Clare Valley, SA
A foray into a very exciting piece of dirt - known as Polish Hill River (Clare Valley). We once told ourselves, that if we weren’t looking at the Adelaide Hills for the best sites for our varieties - it’d be Clare Valley. Inland, continental climate, warms days and cold nights. Not to mention slate-ridden soils that pebble all through the vineyard. It’s the sort of thing that winemakers live for - and we’re pleased to say our punt on this family-owned vineyard has paid off. That’s not to take the thunder away from our tiny Adelaide Hills vineyard, which provides the aromatic spark of life to this wine. Known as the ‘little sweet one’ in its homeland - although all the Dolcetto crafted there are most definitely dry. It’s the impression of fruit sweetness (or juiciness) that gives an effect of confection - smells sweet, tastes dry. This cheeky Dolcetto is no different - an aromatic, bright and tight little dry red that’s absolutely perfect for chilling down and drinking (rather quickly) during those warm balmy days, when whites just don’t cut the mustard. It’s a creative wine for creatives - great results from Dolcetto-Sangria too! The general rule that we live by - if you’re eating with your hands - you need Dolcetto on the table.
After what was easily one of our most popular wines of 2014, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to craft more Polish Hill River Dolcetto - and in 2015, we were very happy to have gained a touch a more ripeness than the previous vintage, lending more intense aromatics - and a slightly rounder palate-shape. Most surprisingly was the impact that the added tannin ripeness achieved. A wine that lends a little more structure - and can therefore lead into meals more readily that a strict aperitif-style beverage.
A nose of bright, maraschino cherries, plums and red fruit - with a smoothening palate weight and svelte tannin structure, without sacrificing a tightening acidity.