Cloud Cuckoo Land Fiano Greco Zibibbo, 2020
A vibrant, textural Fiano-led blend with hints of almond blossom, quince and ripe pear. Tangy, almost exotic but pithy and delicious.
Meet the maker: Wild & Wilder
Region: Riverland, South Australia – Australia
Grape(s): Fiano (65%), Greco (20%), Zibibbo (15%)
13.5% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian / Vegan
Cloud Cuckoo Land is an imaginary state of absurd over optimism – something that all those at Wild & Wilder are often accused of.
Indeed, not so long ago, if they had said that we wanted to make high quality, low intervention wines made from Mediterranean varieties in the Riverland, Cloud Cuckoo land is exactly where people would have said that they lived!
But, they believe that anything is possible if you don’t see the obstacles, you challenge the “received wisdom” and resist the naysayers. Cloud Cuckoo Land is for everyone who feels the same.
2020 vintage conditions in were perfect in many ways. A warm, dry early season gave way to a mild, sometimes cool, February and March which allowed for ripening at a very relaxed pace. Small yields across all regions concentrated the fruit flavours while the dry conditions led to low disease pressures.
Hand-picked before gentle de-stemming and crushing.
Greco and Zibibbo were held on skins for 24 hours.
Cool fermented separately followed by maturation on lees.