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.
The growing season was excellent for producing fruit that was ripe and pure in flavour. Harvest was early due to a warm spring and a relatively gentle but dry ripening season. Even when walking through the vineyard the sweet lime and ripe pear notes which are characteristics of this variety were very evident as it filled the air.
As our first harvest, we really 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. We crushed and pressed the fruit and settled it in tank for fermentation, then happily sat 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”!
Gold Medal – McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016