The impact that husband and wife-team Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy have had on the Mornington Peninsula and Australian wine industries is pretty hard to quantify. They are pioneers in so many respects it’s kind of hard to believe. The wine opened on this edition of Let’s Taste is one of the more pioneering from Quealy Wines as I explain. Let me know what you think in the comments below, don’t forget to subscribe!
Quealy Wines ‘Turbul’ Friulano 2016 – RRP $30.00
A little richer and more textural in style, oily texture, nice cheesy notes.
Much livelier aromatics, very mineral citrus, earthy pithiness on the palate, fresh vibrant but very long. Some savoury apricot.
Vitovska T 2011 (6 months skin amphora, 2.5 years amphora)
Herbal density, still extremely shy, a rubbery aroma. Very heady ethereal depth subtlety. Very very long.
More intense expressive notes brighter character of the T. Very subtle elegant texture but hold on the back palate, silky freshness.
Showing quite floral now, quite pure on the nose. More pithy texture, earthiness.
Paolo Vodopivec with importer in Australia Gianmarco Balestrini
Brendan Carter is quite possibly the most exciting young winemaker in Australia I have encountered of late, crafting outstanding wines – particularly for the price – from a range of varieties, many of them Italian. Based in the Adelaide Hills the Unico Zelo wines, crafted with the assistance of his wife Laura, are ones that you should keep an eye out for if you can find them, they’re still made in very small volumes. Brendan joined me on this episode of The Vincast to chat about his experiences and where he’d like to take Unico Zelo in the future.
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Unico Zelo Barrel
After working for many years as a sommelier with some of the best lists in New York City, Brad Hickey had a chance to work vintage in Australia, and fell in love not only with the lifestyle but also his eventual partner Nicole Thorpe. He had the opportunity to create his own expression from the Omensetter vineyard that belonged to Nicole’s family, and the name he chose for the brand was a nickname he’d been given by the locals; Brash Higgins. In only a handful of vintages he has gained a reputation for making some of the most interesting wines in the McLaren Vale and beyond, sometimes working with unfamiliar varieties like Nero d’Avola and Zibibbo. He shares his story and how he came to make the wines he does.
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