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."
"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