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Fiano is proving itself to be a wonderful variety for this country. Many interesting versions popping up all over the place, just like this one from Jo Marsh at Billy Button.
Jo loves this variety’s ability to maintain acidity as it ripens, particularly in a warm year like 2016 in her home of the Alpine Valleys. She says it’s, “A pleasure to grow, a pleasure to make, a pleasure to drink, it really is a fantastic variety!”
Campbell Mattinson thought her 2016 was a Fiano with a fair amount of gusto, “It’s a white wine that looks you in the eye, and it’s a very good one.”
For the Fiano faithful out there, Jo Marsh’s is a must try.
What It Tastes Like
“It has a bit of bottle. It has plenty of flavour. Stone fruits and spice, brine and a slatey-chalkiness. Texture and oomph. Nothing neutral. Nothing on-the-fence. It’s a white wine that looks you in the eye, and it’s a very good one.” - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
93 points. “Hand-picked, whole bunches pressed gently, the juice returned to the press and given 12 hours skin contact, wild-fermented on full solids in stainless steel, matured without SO2 or stirring for 2 months. My guess is that fiano will become a permanent part of the alternative wine landscape. It naturally makes a complex wine even when simply fermented in stainless steel as here. Not all have the pine needle aroma of this wine, but it does occur in a number of fianos. The palate, too, ventures into savoury territory before acidity and dried citrus skin take centre stage.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
91 points. “If you’re looking for a white with a bit of get-up-and-go; this is a good choice. Fiano from the Alpine Valleys.
It has a bit of bottle. It has plenty of flavour. Stone fruits and spice, brine and a slatey-chalkiness. Texture and oomph. Nothing neutral. Nothing on-the-fence. It’s a white wine that looks you in the eye, and it’s a very good one.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Like all Italian varieties it loves the sun and produces vibrant melon, guava and tropical fruit flavours with a rich, intense palate. The high natural acidity gives the wine a crisp, refreshing finish. A pleasure to grow, a pleasure to make, a pleasure to drink, it really is a fantastic variety! Sourced from the Greenacres Vineyard at Merriang South.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
About the Producer
Billy Button is one of our favourite wineries. As Jo Marsh continues to expand her brilliant boutique range she continues to impress us to no end.
Her commitment to alternative varietals with amazing drinkability is one of the most charming aspects of her label. This combined with a ferocious passion for her home in the Alpine Valleys and the growers that produces there, makes Billy Button a one-of-a-kind.
The Alpine Valley is one of the ‘must watch’ emerging regions of Australian wine. Not bound by the traditions of some of the more ‘established’ regions, the Alpine Valley is experimenting with ‘alternative’ varieties from all over the world and kicking some huge goals. The productions are small, the quality is high and this cool climate region is on a mission to stamp its authority on Australian wine. And they are doing one hell of a job.
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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