An ancient variety from Roman days
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.
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
"Fiano is still enigmatic in the Australian context but has found a happy home in the Vale. This has sweet powdery pear aromas and hints of Red Delicious apple, some melon and stone fruits too. Nice and taut on the palate, more stone fruits here than any other - finishes crisp and dry." Nick Stock - Wine 100 Magazine
"Rich and very finely textured wine brimming over with tropical fruit with a nice savoury character and good level of acidity. The finish is long and lingering." - Winestate