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Hold onto your hats, boys and girls, this is probably the country's most full-on Fiano. The fruit is grown on a single vineyard in the Barossa Valley, set atop Biscay soils. The fruit gets ripe around these parts and the intensity here is second to none that I've tried in Australia. The winemaker and Grand Poobah of the Grand Casino label is the experienced Gianpireo (Gianni) Travaglione. This man loves his Italian roots, loves his Italian varieties, and loves his Fiano dearly. He has taken what he has learnt making wines from this variety in Campania and Tuscany and applied it to this wonderful wine, and the first release has come up trumps. Voted Top of its Class in a Winestate Magazine tasting of its peers and a cracking 93 points from Campbell Mattinson along with the comments "the beast and the beauty... It’s the kind of wine to give the “food style” tag a good rep.", this is a very impressive debut release. If you like whites with some punch, you're going to love this!
What it Tastes Like
An explosion of pineapples, grapefruit, honey and green paw paw. Bloody big Fiano, the biggest I’ve had in Aus, I reckon. Heading towards Viognier-like weight, but with a crisp acidity underpinning the gargantuan fruit characters. Makes an impression, this does! Massive, in every sense of the word. Massively interesting. Massively delicious.
93 points. "Barossa fiano from a producer exhibiting no outward, at least as viewed from afar, lack of confidence. This is intense. It would stand out in a crowd. It combines bitter, piercing grapefruit with pretty, honeysuckle notes; the beast and the beauty. It has semblances of texture without going too far; it strikes at you but remains appealing, open, inviting of the next sip. It’s the kind of wine to give the “food style” tag a good rep." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Announcing my award winning Barossa Valley Fiano! Judged, Top of it's Class in the September/October issue of Winestate Magazine from a field of fourteen Fianos, it's a single vineyard, Biscay soil Fiano that will knock your socks off! (That makes it Australia's best Fiano)! I have used my experience making wine in Campania and Tuscany to produce this wine that exudes the power and passion I have for Italian varietals and all things Italian!
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
The winemaker and Grand Poobah of the Grand Casino label is the experienced Gianpireo (Gianni) Travaglione.
This man loves his Italian roots, loves his Italian varieties, and loves his Fiano dearly.
He has taken what he has learnt making wines from this variety in Campania and Tuscany and applied it to this wonderfully original label.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
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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