Why a Fiano? “Well it was different to Riesling but relatively fresh with more texture. This gave us the opportunity to do something that has a freshness about it and a textuality to it. We knew Fiano performed well in the North in a warmer climate and thought it would work well in the cooler higher altitude climate of the Clare.” Jeff Grosset at Wine Ark 2018
The name derives from the notion of the ancient Romans that fiano, an indigenous variety from Campania in Italy’s south, resembled the aroma of honey. It was planted at the Grosset Rockwood Vineyard (ACO certified organic) ten years ago, during which time the vines struggled to produce a crop in these meager rocky soils.
There’s a vibrant quality to the fourth vintage of this unique wine from Grosset thanks to its perfumed aromatics – almond blossom and honeycomb – and lively savoury palate that is viscous, textured and deep. The finish is smooth, long and satisfyingly dry. Its uniqueness is derived from the use of two very different fiano clones. One (VCR3) is very low yielding, small berried with concentrated flavours, the other (Savio) offers fresher and more subtle flavours. Together they work wonderfully. This is the first time two clones have been used to produce Apiana
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