2021 Coriole Fiano

One of Australia's original Fianos and still one of the best.
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If you want to see what Australian Fiano is all about, the Coriole version by Mark Lloyd and son Duncan Lloyd is in the top echelon, to be sure.

Boasting the country's first commercial release of this variety in 2005, Coriole have developed an affinity with Fiano and year-in-year-out turn in an excellent example.

It's crisp, textural, and importantly for a white wine from McLaren Vale, it maintains freshness and lively acidity, irrespective of vintage conditions.

A lovely wine no matter which way you dice it, and undoubtedly one of the country's premier Fianos.

The grape variety Fiano originates from the province of Avellino in the Campania region east of Naples. The variety takes its name from the Latin 'vitis apiana', as the grapes were so sweet they proved to be irresistible to bees ('api').

Fiano was selected by Mark Lloyd when looking for a new southern Italian variety to grow in McLaren Vale. The first Australian Fiano was released by Coriole from the 2005 vintage.

94 Points - "Long a pioneer of this outstanding variety, recent critical acclaim and gradual acceptance by the punter is iterated as greater confidence in the vineyard and winery. More concentration, detail and a certain fealty to the better example of Campania, fiano's spiritual home, the result. Glazed quince, bitter almond, pistachio, apricot pith and wild fennel. A sluice of welcome phenolics defies the long finish as much as the saline acidity. Very good. Great vintage, to boot." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

86 Points - "Light to medium straw-yellow colour, with a savoury aroma of dry grass, hay and dried herbs. Some talcy perfumes emerged later. There's a tickle of sweetness up early, then a soft fruity taste which is straightforward and pleasantly accessible. Light-bodied, rounded and easy drinking." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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    Emma A.
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    1 year ago
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Very easy drinking

    Smooth, dry, eminently drinkable!

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    Tony C.
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    4 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Interesting experience of rare single varietal

    Palate is fresh and beautifully balanced with great natural acidity.

    Soft and creamy texture.

    Lacks complexity possibly due to youth .

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Coriole

Coriole is a McLaren Vale institution.

It's a winery with two sides. On one hand, they craft classic regional versions of Shiraz and Cabernet which are exemplary. On the other, they have been a trailblazer for emerging varieties (Italian varieties, in particular) in Australia.

Owner and winemaker, Mark Lloyd was one of the first in the country to experiment with Sangiovese and Fiano and has been hugely influential in bringing these varieties into the Australian wine zeitgeist.

Today, Mark's son Duncan has taken over the winemaking duties and his brother Peter as General Manager. The experimentation with emerging varieties continues under their guidance with Nero d'Avola, Negroamaro, and Piquepoul having come into the fold. Coriole never stands still. They are trailblazers who have had a huge impact on the changing face of modern Australian wine.

Winemaker Duncan Lloyd - McLaren Vale, SA Coriole

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