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2013 Kirrihill Noble Vineyard Fiano

The grapes are sourced from the Riverland and I’ve a lot more time for this than the Vermentino. Kirrihill seem to be in the process of reinventing themselves and how much improvement we see in their take on ‘alternative’ varieties … Continue reading

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2013 Handcrafted by Geoff Hardy Fiano

Fiano from the Adelaide Hills by Geoff Hardy. Fruity little number. I’m not convinced that it plays to the grape’s strengths. Of course Andrew Jefford believes “we’d be wiser wine lovers” if “we were to regard place and the cultural traditions … Continue reading

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2013 Coriole Fiano

Sits below the Oliver’s Taranga version in the pecking order but remains a worthy Vale Fiano nonetheless. Smell of red apples and pears, sea spray, lemon and melons. In the mouth it’s ever so slightly (and pleasantly) gelatinous with a strong briney … Continue reading

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2013 Pikes Luccio Fiano

A distinctive take on Australian Fiano from Pikes. A nod and a wink to texture and nigh medium-bodied, I can see this having broad appeal. It’s going down well with Vietnamese rice paper roles as a I type. It’s minty … Continue reading

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2013 Oliver’s Taranga Small Batch Fiano

Winemaker Corrina Wright has been championing this Campanian variety in McLaren Vale for a few years now. It’s a grape that deserves a place within the region and the Oliver’s Taranga version is almost always amongst the best renditions. The … Continue reading

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2013 Serafino Bellissimo Fiano

Serafino’s first shot at the Fiano variety comes from some young vines in Whites Valley, very close to the Star of Greece restaurant. They’ve made more than a fair fist of it, it must be said. Clean fruited with a … Continue reading

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2012 Scott Fiano

The best Australian Fiano I’ve tasted. It has texture, something which is sadly lacking or underplayed in a lot of local expressions. The same applies to Vermentino if you ask me. Ripe pear drops, white flowers, preserved lemon, guava and an inference of … Continue reading

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2012 Coriole Fiano

Coriole first planted their Fiano in 2001 and that forward thinking is paying off handsomely now. This is crisp and significantly above light bodied. Its beeswax texture is an extremely attractive feature. Aromas of white flowers, lemon, citrus rind and … Continue reading

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Vale WWEI: Prepare to Meet Your Maker

Vale interloper Gods listen. Or at least that’s the conclusion I came to at the end of a three-day junket in McLaren Vale earlier in July. To begin with, I kind of muscled my way into the Queensland “Meet Your … Continue reading

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2012 Oliver’s Taranga Small Batch Fiano

Vermentino gets all the press and has had the most succesful marketing campaign but it’s Fiano that’s by far the more exciting grape. It’s spiritual home is Campania and Sicily but it’s settling into the Vale comfortably as well. Look, … Continue reading

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