"The 2011 Fiano melds delicate stone fruits and almond blossom with savoury lees contact characters and minerality, displaying texture and power in the mouth whilst retaining a fine, fresh finish." Winemaker's Note
"Bright strew - green; has that surge of intensity to it’s flavour that marks fiano; lees contact has added a creamy texture before a savoury finish. This is a variety with a future in Australia after the shouting dies down."
94 Points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
"Floral aromas of blossom, lemon, fresh - cut pear and chalk lead to intense lemon curd, orange zest and orchard fruit flavours - characters that would suit a wide range of dishes. Its texture is nothing short of sensual, with zippy acid and an intensity to the finish that carries on and on." Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review, September 2013
"Released as a two year old, at $35. White wine from Heathcote. Made at the Kooyong winery. Wild fermented. Barrel aged, in part. "24 months bottle refinement".
Straw-green in colour. Muted aromatics but a powerfully flavoured and textured palate. Spice, chalk, wax, clove and nectarine. Almost like a chardonnay-semillon blend in its flavour profile. Oak is integrated but is certainly there, in texture but also in flavour. Briney, milky aftertaste but not especially long. Makes up for it in interest. Worth pulling out the Burgundy glassware."
90 Points Wine Front
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Chalmers Fiano 2010
Fiano is a grapegrowers dream. This Campania native produces perfectly balanced fruit with little fuss in the vineyard, is drought tolerant and resistant to disease reducing vineyard application requirements, and naturally high in acid, meaning less intervention required in the winery. It has been the best fruit of the vintage at Chalmers on many occasions, which is quite an achievement when you consider there are about 40 different varieties over the two properties.
The 2010 Chalmers fiano melds delicate stone fruits and almond blossom with savoury lees contact characters and minerality, displaying texture and power in the mouth whilst retaining a fine, fresh finish.
“Originally from Italy's Campania region, fiano is one of many Italian grapes that have found a happy home in the warm climates of Australia. Loaded with aromas of pear, citrus, blossom and wax, it's a pretty wine to swirl and sniff. Medium-bodied, it has an endearing mineral streak, along with flavours of pear, quince, herbs and fennel seeds. Textural and zippy in the mouth, it has refreshing acidity that also offers a chalky grip. A moreish wine that would be quite versatile at the dinner table.”
for 2010 Fiano, Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review
“This takes fiano to a higher level: it’s a complex, satisfying sipper. An interest-packed fiano.
The winemaker had a red-hot go.”
for 2009 Fiano, Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald
Food Match: Pan fried Murray Cod with buerre blanc and fresh polenta