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Unico Zelo Esoterico 2014


Recommendation: A VERY UNUSUAL wine that’s worth trying.

Winery/Producer: EV Estates; Gumeracha, Australia.

Grape Variety: Blend: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat d’alessandria and Fiano.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Adelaid Hills; South Australia.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $25.90 (AUS$) about $19.70 (US$) plus a $20 corking fee.

Purchased From: Australian Wine Centre; 1 Alfred Street; Sydney, Australia.

Paired With: (Lunch) 1. Minestrone soup. Turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes and sauteed green bean. 2. Radicchio and rocket with diced tomatoes, mandarin crescents and fine herb vinaigrette. Linguine alla frutti di mare.

Tasting:

    He said: Chilled before opening. Slightly cloudy, dark orange/yellow color (the last pour was very cloudy). Sweet floral (orange blossoms) aroma. Quite strong smooth, slightly tart orange and grape flavors that continue through very long finish that is TART, mouth puckering, dusty and sticks with you for a long time! VERY UNUSUAL wine that gets better with each sip. Although on the label, the Muscat is not the first grape listed in the blend, it is dominant in drinking the wine. With the minestrone soup it was great and believe it or not went well with the meatloaf. But…the combination of flavors and mouth-feel sensations turns this wine into something special. Surely not a wine for everyone, but it’s not bad and I’d like to try it again (which says a lot) and pair it with a spicy Thai meal.

    She said:
    Slightly cloudy with widely spaced slow moving legs. Very unusual wine! I didn’t like the first sniff or first taste but it was all up hill after that. Very aromatic at first, the bouquet was almost offensive because of an unpleasant sharpness. After the first taste it was better because the fruitiness increased and the sharpness decreased. As the meal progressed a distinct and delicious orange flavor and tartness burst through and the experience became more about the muscat that was part of the blend. The finish was long and full of flavor. The wine was not acidic enough to be good with the seafood dish but would probably be good with Asian food. The first impression bore no resemblance to the final one. I was sorry to take the last sip and would not hesitate to buy the wine again. It was enjoyable as a sipping wine for sure and didn’t beg for an accompaniment as many wines do.

    Comments: Purchased from a Sidney, Australia wine shop and consumed in the Britannia Restaurant on board the Cunard Queen Mary 2.

Alcohol: 13.0%

Bar code: 0 799439 693357

Imported by: NA