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Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Fiano 2013

Style: Dry White

Country: Australia

Region: Adelaide Hills


Overview: Fiano is predominately grown in the Campania region in Italy. It’s a variety that tends to like warmer climates, thus why it is grown in Australian region such as McLaren Vale, Rutherglen and Adelaide Hills. Unlike some of the Italian white varieties such as Pinot Grigio and Arneis Fiano is quite a complex variety that can handle more hands on wine making such as time in oak. However, this Fiano is a more stripped back, simple version. It is not concerned with the musing of Sartre and does not claim to be Morrissey’s biggest fan, it does not ask the ever pressing question of why, it is focused on the fun and frivolous. This wine displays the fresh, lifted characters of Fiano and is ultimately approachable now.


Tasting note: Floral on the nose with underlying hints of straw and pineapple. Freshly cut Granny Smith apples on the palate with citrus and jasmine notes. Simple and refreshing.


Final Say: Not as complex as some Fiano out there but a great introduction to the variety. $25 a bottle.


Score: 15.5 out of 20


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Coriole Fiano 2011

Vintage: 2011

Style: Dry White

Country: Australia 

Region: Mclaren Vale


Overview: In Australia the white wines considered to be ‘serious’ wines are Chardonnay, Riesling and Semillon. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and blends of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, while popular, are not considered ‘serious’ merely necessary for more people are looking for an ‘everyday drink’ rather than a ‘serious’ drink. I am generalizing here; this is not always the case. So we’ve got a handful of white wines that make up the volume of bottled table wine in Australia  but what about those other varieties that are planted here that make ‘serious’ wines in their home countries and barely get a look in here? Varieties such as Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne, Pinot Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Savagnin, Verdelho, Chenin Blanc and Fiano. Do they get a fair go? No, they get called ‘alternate’ varieties and suffer low sales figures. Do they get a fair look in at wine shows? Up until 5 years ago I would say no. Do these varieties require a champion? Yes! Should it be me? No, it’s too much work… Just kidding, I’ll champion these wines to anyone who will listen to me.

I’m here to tell you that these wines can be seriously good, if they are made the right way. If they are made as the way they are traditionally treated they’ll achieve greatness. If, instead they are manhandled and forced into an Australian style of wine then, well, they’re going to make a pretty shit wine.

Fiano is an Italian variety and roughly 33 vineyards have it planted in Australia and fewer still make it into a straight, varietal wine. The Coriole Fiano is probably the most recognized Australian Fiano, and has won a trophy at the Mclaren Vale wine show.

Had I tasted this wine in a blind line up I would have thought it was Italian, through and through, even knowing that it was from Australia I had my doubts that it was local… Thus the final comments of my tasting notes read “F@#King classy”.


Tasting note: Straw, stone fruit and subtle perfumed nuances on the nose. A palate that is rich yet delicate, sandalwood, nectarine, spice, talc and perfumed white flower characters. Good texture and acid. F@#king classy.


Final Say: Stop my rant and just buy it, a truly great wine for $20. I will now step off my soapbox before someone throws a bucket of water over me like a yowling, feral cat.


Score: 18.5 out of 20 (93 out of 100)


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