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 Coriole when looking for a new southern Italian variety to grow in McLaren Vale, with the first vineyard planted in 2001. The first Australian Fiano was released by Coriole from the 2005 vintage.
The nose is aromatic with mandarin, melon and lemon rind.
The palate is fresh and rich - stone fruits and citrus with clean, crisp acidity. Texture and mouth feel with weight and layers of flavour.
Fiano's complexity and distinctive texture will help it complement a wide range of dishes, from light fresh seafood in summer, to richer shellfish, poultry and even red meat dishes in the cooler months.
"Fiano  is still enigmatic in the Australian context but has found a happy home in the Vale." - Nick Stock, 91 points.