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Coriole Vineyards

2019 Rubato Fiano

2019 Rubato Fiano
2019 Rubato Fiano

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

SKU: 19RubatoFiano
Wine Specs
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Rich and medium bodied with layers of flavour and texture. The Fiano Rubato boasts clean and pure aromatics of poached pear, nectarine, quince and shaved fennel. Honey, ginger and hazelnut burst from the palate, with hints of papaya, citrus and spice. The finish is long and persistent.
Vineyard Notes
The 2019 vintage at Coriole had dry weather, resulting in one of our smallest vintages ever. Yields were down, particularly with shiraz and cabernet, but the wines show impressive depth and balance. Our Mediterranean varieties showed their potential under these conditions, with the sangiovese vines producing solid yields, great balance, flavour and acidity. Our nero d'avola, montepulciano and touriga ripened late, but once again with great balance and flavour. The chenin blanc and piquepoul held up their acidity, producing mid-weight wines with beautiful fragrance, and the fiano is showing concentration of flavour, richness and texture.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was picked a little riper and received more time on skins to encourage extraction, the wine is then fully fermented in seasoned oak barrels. The result is a richer and fuller expression, but still showing the vitality and freshness of the variety.
Food Pairing Notes
Fiano Rubato complements full-flavoured dishes. Pair with a roast pork with all the trimmings.
Other Notes
The grape variety Fiano originates from a province near Campania, east of Naples. 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. Perfectly suited to our climate, Fiano is now the largest growing whites category in McLaren Vale. In 2018 we first produced our Fiano Rubato, which celebrates Fiano's true textural qualities. The term rubato may be familiar to music lovers. It means to play freely, or with abandon... not scared to stray from the normally trodden path.