Created by combining two fiano clones, this wine appears more alluring with each passing vintage. In 2019, 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: February 24th 2019
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
Release Date: 1st September 2019
Availability: Restricted to members and a few restaurants due to small production