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.
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.
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.
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.
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