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2017 Unico Zelo Cherry Fields Dolcetto

2017 Unico Zelo Cherry Fields Dolcetto

A bright, youthful, primary red with lively cherry fruit and high acidity, plus a touch of meat and spice. It is very elemental on opening, but air really allows the red berry flavours to bloom.'
Toni Patterson

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  • I first tried this wine a few years back at Nomad restaurant in Sydney. It was being poured by the glass, and as Australian Dolcetto isn't exactly the variety du jour, I thought I would challenge myself and grabbed a glass.

    Talk about being hooked at first sip. I knew of the eye-catching wines of Unico Zelo, and had loved their wicked take on Fiano, but this Dolcetto was absolutely inspired. Meaning the 'sweet one' in Italian, the wine is palpably dry. Like Nebbiolo dry, but with some really lifted and fragrant aromatics. Sour cherries, amaro and plum all provide the fruit, while a little lick of bitter campari and tea leaves the undercurrent. This is such an enigmatic wine. So drinkable, it's a wonder that mre Dolcetto hasn't taken off like a rocket. Sourced from the Polish Hill River region of the Clare Valley, it's the perfect grape for this contintental sun-drenched region. Banger! (as the hip kids would say).

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    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.

    Hand-picked, wild ferment, matured in large oak. 300 dozen made.

    TASTING NOTES

    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.

    A nose of bright, maraschino cherries, plums and red fruit - with a smoothening palate weight and svelte tannin structure, without sacrificing a tightening acidity.

  • REVIEWS

    'A bright, youthful, primary red with lively cherry fruit and high acidity, plus a touch of meat and spice. It is very elemental on opening, but air really allows the red berry flavours to bloom. A light, modern style made for early drinking. It could even handle a little chill on a hot day'
    Toni Paterson