Unico Zelo Chopsticks “Spice Blend” 2015

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It was only back in Autumn that I reviewed a different Unico Zelo wine. What can I say, the winemaking team of Brendan and Laura offer wines that are so varied, yet delicious and extremely well-priced. Allow me to introduce you to Chopsticks – their ‘spice blend’ made using a unique blend of white grapes such as Moscato d’Alessandria, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Fiano. Haven’t heard of all of them? Don’t worry. Let the wine do the talking.

You will find that a mixture of winemaking techniques, including oxidation, the use of flor yeast and maderisation have given the wine a rich golden colour and an equally rich nose and palate. Over lunch my family and I discovered aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and glacé ginger followed by a palate with flavours of candied citron and that beautiful jasmine again. There are plenty of phenolics that give it a grippy and textured mouthfeel and bright acidity so it sort of sparkles in your mouth. Quite the awesome effect when you drink it, really.

This playful wine should be had with Unico Zelo’s suggestion of ‘eating with chopsticks’ or any dish that packs a punch with flavour to match.

Stockist: Available in the city at Cutler & Co., Supernormal, Neighbourhood Wine and Persillade or direct from Unico Zelo.

La Donna Del Vino

La Donna del Vino is the pseudonym of this lady from Melbourne with a nose attuned to all things vinous. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, drinking good vino and is a self-confessed Neb Head (someone who really digs Nebbiolo).