Our 1st release of this exciting new variety and we are delighted with the results. It is a very fashionable rich flavoured crisp dry white that’s very easy to drink.
2016 was almost a perfect year for everything due to late winter and early spring rains with constant flowering and set right across all varieties which set the foundation for an excellent ripening period and harvest. We experienced some late later summer rains which slowed down the ripening process which pushed the harvest back into late summer and the temperatures overall were mild and consistent for a ‘berry developing year’
As our first harvest, we didn’t try and do a lot with it in regards of making it. We pick very early in the morning and being so close to the ocean it was extremely chilly which preserves the fruit and reduces oxidation. Even when walking through the vineyard the sweet lime and ripe pear notes which is characteristic of this variety was very evident as it filled the air.
We crushed and pressed the fruit and settled it in tank for fermentation to commence and then transferred it to oak barrels to complete its fermentation and to then happily sit there doing nothing for a few months to gain complexity.
The flavours are dominated by pear, sweet lime, ginger, tropical flower notes with a fresh zippy acidity and a lovely soft mouthfeel that allows the after flavour to linger forever.
Fiano has been cultivated in southern Italy for over two thousand years and its best-known wine is Fiano di Avellino, which is produced in the Campania region, from vines grown on the volcanic hillsides of Avellino, east of Naples. The grape is low yielding and early ripening and produces crisp, well-balanced wines, often with hints of honey and nuts.
So here is a wine with its roots drawn from hot summer days in the southern parts of Italy, where the evening table is served with cured meats, smoked fish, stuffed capsicums, cheese and crusty bread… “Got the idea”!
And that’s why we see Fiano as being a great part of our lives on the beach or in a boat fishing along the coast line of the Gulf of St Vincent.
Awards: Gold at Mclaren Vale Wine Show.
James Halliday Wine companion:91/100 Tasting Note: Wafts of lavender and lemon blossom with the palate still quite reserved offering up some pear juice, sweet-sour drops with bright acidity, all attractive elements in this refreshing drink.
Contains minimal sulphites
Gold Medal – McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016
James Halliday Wine companion:91/100
Wafts of lavender and lemon blossom with the palate still quite reserved offering up some pear juice, sweet-sour drops with bright acidity, all attractive elements in this refreshing drink-Jane Faulkner