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Coriole Vineyards

2020 Rubato Fiano

2020 Rubato Fiano
2020 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, which continues in 2020. 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 600 bottles produced.

"A thrilling wine. Possibly the country’s finest fiano: a monument of pungent mineral, optimal ripeness, textural intrigue and compelling length."
Ned Goodwin

"Bright straw-gold colour that hints at intensity. The nose follows the same path, ripe nectarines, honeysuckle plus cinnamon and clove spice aromatics. A big wine, full-bodied and voluminous throughout the palate. The fruit is balanced with wood-spices and honeyed characters. All this intensity drives the palate very long but is kept in check with a mix of fine acid and some nutty tannins. An exercise in power and control, unique in the Australian fiano landscape for now. 94 points"
Stuart Knox, The Real Review

"There’s a golden richness to the colour here, no doubt from some skin contact, but there’s also a real degree of refinement, with subtle cracked nut and cinnamon notes against fresh and cooked apple, Williams pear and a gentle suggestion of mandarin peel and quince. Oak adds to the texture and shape of the wine, rounding edges and merging fruit flavours into a harmonious whole, though oak flavours are absent. This is textural and layered, but there’s a sense of bright poise as an equal counterpoint."
Young Gun of Wine



"unique in the Australian fiano landscape"
SKU: 20RubatoFiano
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.