An ancient variety from Southern Italy
The grape variety Fiano originates from the province of Avellino in the Campania region east of Naples. The variety takes its name from the Latin 'vitis apiana', as the grapes were so sweet they proved to be irresistible to bees ('api').
Fiano was selected by Mark Lloyd when looking for a new southern Italian variety to grow in McLaren Vale. The first Australian Fiano was released by Coriole from the 2005 vintage.
94 Points. Has the energy, drive and flavour intensity to reinforce the idea that fiano has a real future in Australia's temperate regions; it has remarkable length, and grip (in the best sense) from its lemon zest fruit. - James Halliday Wine Companion
93 Points. One of the great things about Fiano is that it presents as being kind of ‘winey’ instead of simply ‘fruity’. Does that make any sense? I think it does. Almond, dried flowers and dried herbs – beautiful perfume – green melon and citrus. Light to medium bodied, dried herb and bright fruit, shapely acidity and pleasant chalkiness – just spot on. Clean long finish. Terrific. - The Wine Front
Coriole's Mark Lloyd was an early pioneer of Italy's red sangiovese, later moving to other so-called "alternative" varieties, including barbera, nebbiolo, sagrantino and this savoury white of Roman origin. Jancis Robinson says Fiano "provides the latterday incarnation of the wine known as Apianum to the Romans and makes a splendid, very individual dry white in the hills above Avellino" a description that seems apt for this McLaren Vale version. It's crisp, clean and fresh in the Australian style but reveals an Italian touch in its grippy texture and pleasantly tart finish. Chris Shanahan - Canberra Times