Aroma & Palate
Deeply mineral, with grapefruit and cutting acid
Quality quartzy quaffer
A fine example of Unico Zelo's range of Fianos, this time from the Adelaide Hills and possibly the most intense in the range. Named for the alluvial soil of the vineyard and the wine's resulting minerality.
From The Winemaker
Ever had a wine that tastes like you're drinking a lazer? Well, we've made one - Alluvium. We've worked with the epic Mylkappa Vineyards, which are just around the corner from our Gumeracha winery in Birdwood, who planted this Fiano (along with some Nero) only a few years ago - you wouldn't pick it after tasting this. Lemongrass, lime-leaf, guava, but there is that incredible flinty, reductive whiff that is always here when the wine is in peak form. As you may pick up - it is in peak form. So much grapefruit and quartz charging down the middle of the palate, with bits of jasmine and nectarine trailing in its wake. I don’t think we’ve captured the Birdwood soil profile so well in a wine before. You could chew on this acid for days. Alluvium feels special this year.
About the Winery
"Wine for the people", promise Unico Zelo, and their minimal-intervention wines combine Italian styles with Australian regional expertise and a minimal-intervention approach to provide this. Winemakers Brendan and Laura Carter have operated since 2014 out of an Adelaide Hills base.