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Another day, another excellent new Australian Fiano. It's hard to get excited about this grape. This comes from Margaret River cult hero Blue Poles - their first crack at Fiano. And what a good start! It's a more restrained and refreshing expression, but not without character and texture too. 91 points from Mike Bennie who reckoned it "Feels bang on for the variety.". A lovely food wine, a refreshing warm weather drink and super value.
What it Tastes Like
"Feels bang on for the variety. Sniff of ginger in the nose, but it’s mostly pears and grassiness that waft out of the bouquet. Ultra refreshing thing to drink. Crisp, crackly texture with clarity of pear-like fruitiness, firm, thirst-crushing tang of acidity, good line of flavour through to the drizzle of mouthwatering stuff that finishes. It’s lean but packed with dry, tangy flavour. It’s from a seaside wine region to be drunk in sunshine by the seaside. Fair call. Good wine here." - Mike Bennie
91 points. "No, no, Mark Gifford hasn’t been secretly growing fiano on his vineyards. This comes from a mate’s vineyard somewhere in the north of Margaret River, ‘it’s a curio of sorts, but we’re excited by the variety’, Gifford quipped. The vines are six-or-so years old, the grapes also find their way into that nice version that Marq make. Feels bang on for the variety. Sniff of ginger in the nose, but it’s mostly pears and grassiness that waft out of the bouquet. Ultra refreshing thing to drink. Crisp, crackly texture with clarity of pear-like fruitiness, firm, thirst-crushing tang of acidity, good line of flavour through to the drizzle of mouthwatering stuff that finishes. It’s lean but packed with dry, tangy flavour. It’s from a seaside wine region to be drunk in sunshine by the seaside. Fair call. Good wine here." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Located in the heart of Margaret River, this family-run vineyard has discovered the combination of soil, climate and topography essential for creating distinguished wine. The 2015 vintage has produced an exciting opportunity to make an exemplary Fiano. This wine is pale yellow, with a pear and exotic loquat bouquet lifted by vanilla spice. The palate is balanced and integrated with lively acid and a delicious length. This wine can be consumed immediately but would age gracefully for 2-4 years in a cool cellar.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2018
About the Producer
Blue Poles is the venture of Mark Gifford and Tim Markwell - a pair of experienced geologists who have in the last decade or so created one of the undoubted ‘cult hero’ labels of Margaret River. Their red wines are extraordinary not only for their old world charm and quality, but the outrageous value they deliver. A producer to get to know.
Margaret River is recognised as one of the country’s finest wine growing regions. The quality of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay rival the very best in the world. But Margaret River is no two-trick-pony. There, Tempranillo and Malbec are excelling, Touriga Nacional seems to be quite at home, Chenin Blanc is getting serious and even pockets of Nebbiolo are rearing their heads. Watch this space. Who knows what new surprises are just around the corner from this famous region.
Fiano is one of the most promising emerging white varieties in Australia. It’s a variety that likes to be warm and dry, exactly the kind of variety that is perfectly sustainable in Australia. Characterised by fresh fruit flavours, refreshing acidity and a lovely, slightly waxy mouthfeel, Fiano is a variety that is prospering across the country. It makes a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris which is far better suited to the Australian climate.
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