Join us for an intimate wine dinner under the stars with Unico Zelo.
A taste of Adelaide Hills, The Riverland and surrounds comes to Bondi Hardware for one memorable night on Thursday, October 24 from 7pm. Join Phillip Whyburn from Franc About Wine as he takes you through a unique journey of Brendan and Laura Carter’s wines.
We have stepped away from the traditional wine pairing dinner to bring a fun, exciting “guided tasting” experience, allowing each customer to really explore their own palate. Diners will be able to sample multiple wines and explore how different wines interact with our paired dishes.
Four stunning courses matched with a selection of outstanding Unico Zelo wines for just $75pp. Places are limited and bookings are essential.
The story of Unico Zelo starts with a husband and wife team , both passionate winemakers and self-proclaimed ‘wine geeks’, and a simple question – ‘What is the future of the Australian Wine Industry?’ Currently the Australian wine industry as a whole is by far the largest consumer of water in our country. Brendan and Laura realised that the major contributing factor to this was that we are trying to cultivate varietals that just aren’t suited to our climate, rather than trying to discover and work with varietals that are. With this in mind they set out to find a solution to the problem, planting over 30 varieties in the Riverland region, east of the Barossa Valley, one of the warmest wine growing regions in Australia, and leaving the vines without water for two years. ‘Whatever survives- that’s what we make’ was essentially the mantra. What they found was that varieties that were originally native to the warmer growing regions of Italy were flourishing in the harsh climate of the Riverland and surrounds, and so Unico Zelo was born. The name Unico Zelo roughly translates to ‘Unique Zeal’, and it is with this zeal that Brendan and Laura continue to champion the currently arguably ‘alternate’ varietals and introduce them to Australian wine consumers. Brendan and Laura are great ambassadors particularly for Fiano and Nero d’Avola, passionately describing the ability of these varieties to survive and flourish in the warmer climates of Riverland & Clare Valley yet using significantly less water than conventional planted varieties such as Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. With the addition of the Single Vineyard wines to showcase the diversity in particular of Fiano planted in differing terriors it’s an exciting line up of wines. “Look at the landscape where these grapes are grown, the red sands, the Murray River, the gum trees: it’s the most unique Australian terroir we have. And if you grow the right grapes – like fiano, which doesn’t need so much irrigation, and which retains its acidity in the heat – you can express the characteristics of that terroir.” – Brendan Carter – Unico Zelo.