Unico Zello Fiano and Nero d’avola – organic, following natural wine practices
Inspired by an intense passion for the land, Helmed by Brenden and Laura Carter, their wines are crafted to showcase unique sites and soils that Australia has to offer, in styles that are typified by the life and culture of this sunburnt country. Using minimal interventions techniques such as zero irrigation, 100% wild ferment, and no additions of enzymes, nutrients, or sugars, they create organic, vegan, earth-friendly wines that respect the environment and communities around them.
In Brendan and Laura’s words, their aim is to create “Italian-inspired, textural and site-expressive wines” and “Australian examples of Mediterranean varieties in an approachable and jovial fashion.” Since bursting onto the scene in 2014 with their eye-catching, outrageously good value alternative vino, the Carters have spread their wings and their range. They now make a large suite of wines, including single vineyard examples of Fiano, Nero d’Avola and Nebbiolo. They are one of the most dynamic winemaking duos in the Adelaide Hills.
Jade and Jasper Fiano from the winery: “The Alpha & Omega of Unico Zelo. When discovering the ability of Fiano’s incredible to be dry grown in the Riverland, a bonafide desert, it set us on the path that we were set to follow. It also certainly helps that the wine produced from it is nothing short of a delight. Elegant whiffs of jasmine and white peach blossoms, racy and crackling acidity with distinct Fiano texture. One of those white wines that can suit almost any situation calling for a good glass – it’s destined for the lunch table. A Sunshine Slurper.”
Halcyon Days Nero: Halycon Days is the second iteration of a single site Nero from the Carters. After four years spent scouring the Riverland for a site worthy of an individual bottling, an organically farmed block sat atop clay was just what they were looking for. This is a finer-boned expression of the variety than the Pipe Dream – perhaps more ‘Pinot-esque’ version of Nero and delicious thing to drink. Winery: “Organically managed in Barmera, the hot summers this grape adores gives the wine all the qualities we love in a great medium bodied red wine: fresh acidity, plush red fruits, a whisper of spice and the kind of structure that’s ready for the sky.”