We’ve been experimenting with small parcels of fiano and now produce a small amount of our Rubato Fiano – this fruit is from the original vineyard, we work to extract a little more texture and the wine is fully fermented in seasoned oak barrels.
In 2019 we felt we had the balance right to introduce the Rubato Fiano into our reserve range. Rich, medium bodied with layers of flavour and texture. Honey, ginger and hazelnut burst from the palate, and the finish is long and persistent.
Music lovers may know the term "rubato" means to play freely or with abandon; not scared to stray from the normally trodden path.
Only 500 bottles produced.
"Confidence with a newly introduced variety manifests in the use of oak, to flex authority and impart textural intrigue. And deservedly so. Coriole, a pioneer with the great Italian varieties, comes up trumps with this call. Apricot pith, white flower, anise and some smokey leesy notes. Detailed, dutifully viscous, long and well placed. 95 points"
Ned Goodwin, James Halliday's Wine Companion
"Pear, honey, a ginger and spice aspect, fennel and pink grapefruit. It’s fleshy, with just-right acid cut, a fine powdery texture, feels layered and vinous, with gentle bitterness and green apple tang on a long composed finish. It’s super. Love it. 94 points"
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Watch Huon Hooke from The Real Review's Italian varities tasting: Rubato Fiano is featured from 6:10.
"Bright, light to mid-yellow colour, with a nutty barrel-fermented bouquet which adds an extra layer to the spicy, stone-fruity grape flavours. Hints of lychee. It's soft and round, full and generous but not overblown, the flavour layered and savoury, finishing with appetising dryness and a touch of grip. A very stylish fiano. 94 points"
Huon Hooke, The Real Review