Grosset Apiana 2018

100% Clare Valley fiano – Only 3,000 bottles produced

Created by combining two fiano clones, this wine appears more alluring with each passing vintage. In 2018, the voluminous aromatics entice and intrigue with dramatic lemon and orange blossom nose before a silky smooth palate that has good weight and admirable viscosity. The finish shows a touch of talc and is crisp, dry and savoury.

Ageing potential: First vintage 2014 so as yet unknown.
Source: Grosset Rockwood Vineyard (ACO certified organic)
Site: North-eastern extreme of Watervale sub-region at high altitude (460m)
Soil: Hard red rock (slate-like) with a poor orange/red loam for topsoil
Clones: The only known planting in SA of a rare Fiano clone (VCR3) and now also Savio clone
Yield: Low to very low vigour and yield (less than 1 bottle per vine)
Canopy: Vertical shoot (where sufficient growth)
Bunch size: Very small bunches.
Fruit colour: Medium to dark yellow.
Harvest date: March 4th – March 6th 2018
Fermentation: Separate for each clone
Fruit flavours: Grape-pulpy richness and crisp freshness
Profile: Weighty and complex; textural and dry
Fining: Nil- suitable for vegans and vegetarians
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Release Date: 1st November 2018

Availability: Restricted to members and a few restaurants due to small production

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Tyson Stelzer, WBM, March/April 2019
Grosset’s second release captures the mood and tension of Fiano magnificently, a beautifully exact take on crunchy beurre bosch pear, nashi pear and grapefruit, with wonderful cut that only Grosset can coax out of this variety. It’s refreshing, spicy and very long.  I cannot recall a Fiano I’ve enjoyed this much. 96 Points.