2017 Sassafras Fiano

Hilltops, NSW

Funky, frisky Fiano from the Hilltops!


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This is a minimally handled angel of smashability.

Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

Here's a new Fiano from Sassafras from the Hilltops in NSW.

This is the take of Tammy Braybrook and Paul Starr in Canberra. It's a great look at the natural texture and interest that can be generated by this grape without much adjustment.

A little time on skins adds some definition, mouthfeel is the key to great Fiano and this has it in spades.

As Mike Bennie pointed out, this is an "a more interesting, textural wine than most from the variety."

Great drinking with or without food. Fiano is on a hot streak!

Additional Info

From The Producer

Made with fruit from our first picking from Hilltops, the 2017 Fiano smells of lemon delicious and pear drops. Citrus flavours mix with some white peach and gently grippy characteristics from a little skin contact.

A bit more fruit weight and creamy texture to this wine than our previous Fiano releases.

Blend : Fiano (100%)
ABV : 11.50%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2021
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"This has been a standout regional wine for a couple of vintages now. This adds to the allure. Fiano has a bright future on these shores. This attests to its stone fruited viscosity married to a herbal pungency and mineral-toned authority. A great grape, a wondrous future. Bring it on! This is a minimally handled angel of smashability." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Wine Front

"Good bouquet of peach and lemon, lemon sorbet even, touches of young almond. There we go. The palate has this lovely squeakiness and surprising length with a faint chalkiness that feels dry and refreshing at once. Flavours run cool and fresh, touched up by a faint nutty savouriness and flighty herbal note. There’s a little pleasing, tonic water/grapefruit juice bitterness to close. Ticks many, many boxes." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front) 


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