This ancient white variety from Campania in the south of Italy had all but disappeared by the 1940s, but fast forward to 2017 and a growing contingent of Australian producers are working wonders with the grape. With a distinctive texture and mouthfeel, fiano boasts flavours that span savoury through to spice and honey, finishing with powerful, citrus-tinged acidity. Discover just how quaffable this variety can be with the examples ahead, perhaps accompanying a hearty pasta dish or some golden-fried fish.
2016 TWP Taylors Winemaker's Project Clare Valley Fiano
The full straw colour, with glints of green, points to the savoury, wild-grown flower elements on the bouquet, the palate loaded to the gills with savoury, brambly, notes disputing floor space with lime zest, all surrounded by echoes of spice. To say the least, intriguing, with a flow to the mid-palate.
RRP $25 | 2020 | Taylors
2016 Olivers Taranga Vineyards McLaren Vale Fiano
Bright welcoming straw-green; the bouquet has the wild flower/bush/pine aromas seen in other Australian fianos, the palate following suit with a strong, racy structure embracing both savoury and fruity nuances - I'll buy Olivers' suggestion of kaffir lime. A mouthfilling wine with attitude and natural acidity.
RRP $25 | 2020 | Olivers Taranga Vineyards
2016 Higher Plane Margaret River Fiano
Whole bunch-pressed, fermented in used oak. Wild flower blossom aromas explode into the bright, lively, textured palate that typifies the best of Australian fiano, lengthened significantly by crunchy acidity on the powerful, long finish.
RRP $25 | 2020 | Higher Plane
2014 Chalmers Heathcote Fiano
Striking tree blossom aromas then tangy, crisp acidity finishing a palate with tantalising notes of beeswax. Fiano in its element.
RRP $23 | 2017 | Chalmers
2015 Beach Road Fiano
White flowers and a potpourri of herbs, driven by a whiff of pungent fennel, drive he aromatic spectrum. Bitter almond and apricot ensue. A jangle of solidly mineral melded to juicy acidity keep the wine purring along.
RRP $25 | 2015 | Beach Road
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