Fiano here comes from the Clare Valley, bolstering the numerous iterations already found in the Unico Zelo folio. It’s a cracking expression here... Lime and oyster shell, faint nuttiness and tonic water. Unlikely combinations but the sum is a wine of brazen acidity and juicy deliciousness. Perfume is on point in lime, blossoms, cashew, saline whiffs, the palate similar but with a velocity that is almost breath taking; the wine pierces as it drives across the palate. Refreshing, interesting, delicious. Kudos due. Drink to 2021. 93 points, WineFront (08/2017).
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.