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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Riverland and Clare Valley|
|Grapes||Fiano, Zibibbo, Moscato Giallo, Gewurtztraminer, Greco|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Low-Intervention, Vegan|
Especially in the hands of young, dynamic winemakers such as Brendan and Laura Carter of Unico Zelo, Italian grapes such as fiano and nebbiolo express the synergy of European tradition and Australian terroir. Unico Zelo’s style is fun, well-made, natural, eminently drinkable wines. Esoterico represents that style in an orange wine made from an interesting blend of white grapes. Fiano, one of the Carters’ specialties, plays well with zibibbo, moscato giallo, gewurtztraminer, and greco. Zibibbo, also known as muscat of Alexandria, is generally associated with Sicilian winemaking, though it is hearty enough to thrive in a variety of locations. Along with gewurtzraminer, it displays particularly aromatic qualities that skin-contact fermentation can enhance to mouthwatering effect. With no additives aside from sulfur at bottling, and with no fining or filtration, this crowd-pleasing orange wine retains the texture and flavor of its constituent grapes as part of this unique combination. Herbal and fresh on the nose, with fresh orange juice and a basil garnish on the palate. Sustainably grown, low-intervention, vegan.