Bright future for fiano
The Italian variety fiano is successfully edging its way into the Australian wine scene.
While production is still in its infancy, with wine style constantly evolving, the variety looks set to have a bright future.
The finest example I have seen of late is the 2017 Grosset Apiana from the Clare Valley, which has respectful fruit, gentle texture and pleasing palate weight. (AUD $36)
Also good is the 2017 Jericho Adelaide Hills Fiano, with its lemony flavours and warming spice. (AUD $26)
Fiano is an old variety originally from Campania in Italy’s south which made its Australian debut at Coriole in McLaren Vale, with the first vineyard planted in 2001. Today around seventy wineries have fiano in production.
Due to the wide-ranging vineyard regions across Australia, it is difficult to speak of a uniformed local style. However central to the variety is a gently-textured, fruity core, sometimes with waxy or gentle nutty nuances, accompanied by good palate weight.
It will appeal if you enjoy the body of viognier or chardonnay. It’s also a great next step from Australian pinot gris, having a little more depth but still possessing gentle fruitiness.