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Some interesting explorations for Coriole winemaker Alex Sherrah in his first solo venture. This is a new look McLaren Vale white blend that combines Fiano with Chenin Blanc.
It’s a wine dialled into floral territory. Taking the best structural aspects of both varieties and creating something that is crunchy and textural making it perfect for matching with many dishes. As Alex describes it “Chenin brings crisp lemon and green pear freshness. Fiano adds texture and a lingering mouth-watering acidity that leaves you wanting more. Dare you not to crack another bottle.”
If you are looking for more interesting whites to fill that ‘classic dry white’ spot in your rotation, this will do the job very nicely.
Only 70 dozen made.
What It Tastes Like
“Gee this is floral, almost like bath salts, tangerine, melon, apple and a whiff of smoke. Light to medium bodied, pear drizzled with lime, crunchy acid, talc-like texture, green pear skin in the aftertaste. Easy to knock back, especially with a light chill.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
90 points. “Gee this is floral, almost like bath salts, tangerine, melon, apple and a whiff of smoke. Light to medium bodied, pear drizzled with lime, crunchy acid, talc-like texture, green pear skin in the aftertaste. Easy to knock back, especially with a light chill.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Viti & Winemaking
– Fiano comes from the Lacey vineyard in the Tatachilla sub region of southern McLaren Vale.
Only a few kilometers from the sea and almost at sea level, it is a cool maritime influenced area of the Vale. Sandy loam over a limestone base, scattered with ironstone fragments.
– Chenin comes from the Casetta vineyard in the Blewitt Springs region of McLaren Vale. One of the highest areas of the Vale and about 15km inland. Very mild climate and gully breezes. Deep rich sand and loam mix over a clay base.
– Grapes were hand and machine harvested, fermented separately and then blended into seasoned French barriques where it remained for 9 months prior to bottling.
– No finning or filtration
– 70 dozen produced
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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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