The influence of the dry winter on Grosset Apiana is most overt in its richness and concentration in the mid-palate. There are orange blossom, fresh herbs with a hint of honeycomb in the aromas which are, at first, quite restrained and then build in the glass.
This is rich and concentrated, with marvellous viscosity, substantial weight and power and silky smooth texture. The finish is dry, fresh and long. Captivating.
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: September 1st 2019
Availability: Restricted to members and a few restaurants due to small production