Wine & Words Wednesday is back! Crack a bottle to celebrate and join the party. I know you are just as excited as I am so lets get straight into it. What wine am I introducing you to today? Well I’m glad you asked. We are returning to a recent favourite with Shut The Gate. Shut The Gate is located in the Clare Valley region and is a small winery focusing on single side vineyards with unique flavour profiles. I fell in love with their cellar door, a beautiful historic cottage with so much character and filled to the brim with boxes of wine and an abundance of local produce. An absolute must visit if you are ever in the area. But, back to the wine. The wine I am presenting you today is their 2016 Spring Farm Fiano. Fiano is a white varietal hailing from Italy but becoming increasingly grown within South Australia. Shut The Gate’s Fiano has a light floral perfume with notes of fennel and stone fruits. Absolutely delectable and a stand out amongst a field of rieslings (the Clare Valley is renowned for riesling).
What literary delight might I be pairing it with today? Well the inspiration lies in the gorgeous label depicting a knight whisking away his forbidden lover. “After all, love is love and fate is fate, no matter whether or not you shut the gate“. This wine is labeled for love and what better to pair it with than The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. This short and sweet story follows two narratives that slowly intertwine. Leo Gursky, an old man just trying to remain visible and fourteen year old Alma, who is mourning the loss of her father while trying to keep her mother and younger brother functional. A gorgeous little story that it only made sweeter with a chilled glass of fiano on a warm night. Put your feet up after a long day and escape into the beauty of story where love survives decades, oceans and wars. In fact some days we can all do with a little escapism into a happier time and place.