Unico Zelo Cherry Fields Dolcetto
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Brendan and Laura Carter, a husband and wife team, craft wines that express Australia’s sites, soils, lifestyle and culture.
- This wine is produced with little intervention in the vineyard and winery.
- Dolcetto is particularly suited to the arid and warm climate.
Varietal Composition: 100% Dolcetto
Elaboration: Grown in the microcosm of blue slate soil inside Clare Valley – the famed Polish Hill River. The attraction is 20-year-old Dolcetto vines grown in an inland, continental climate – warm days and alarmingly cold night lend great acid retention whilst developing flavor. Harvested and destemmed only – with a short 5-day maceration prior to pressing. Whole berry, wild ferment. The majority of the oak treament is in stainless steel a small parcel in new Slovenian Oak Foudre.
Tasting Notes: A nose of bright, maraschino cherries, plums and red fruit – with a smoothening palate weight and svelte tannin structure, without sacrificing a tightening acidity.
“The medium to full-bodied 2017 Cherry Fields Dolcetto packs in plenty of black cherries, plum and cocoa flavors. Remarkably consistent with the 2016 version, this one does seem a bit smoother and silkier, with brighter, bolder fruit and a crisp edge to the finish. Both are fun, juicy wines to enjoy in their youth.” ~ Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
2016 – 90 Vinous
2017 – 90 Wine Advocate
A new venture in the Adelaide Hills by winemaking couple, Brendan and Laura Carter. Following their passions for Italian-inspired, textural and site-expressive wines, they seek to create Australian examples of Mediterranean varieties in an approachable and jovial fashion..