Small Batch Wines | 2010 Fiano
The 2010 Fiano is finally here and 2010 was the vintage we have been waiting for. Relatively free of the heat spells of the previous vintages, 2010 was as close to a perfect vintage as you can get, and the wines are a testament to this. Fiano is a relatively new variety to Australia, and originates from the Campagna region of Italy.
This is our 3rd vintage of Fiano and we love working with it. A very interesting variety, being able to maintain acidity in the grapes, even in our South Australian summers. This minimal intervention Fiano is made with indigenous yeasts, and has no added acid. The 2010 Fiano has been made without the use of oak.
- Tim White, Australian Financial Review, 91 points
All natural acidity, all natural ferment (i.e. not inoculated with yeast). Smells of savoury pear skin as well a pear juiciness, and is mealy too (from contact with lees presumably). In the mouth it is sapid and satisfying too, with excellent chewiness and mouth watering acidity. Quite simple, but satisfying, hugely satisfying.
- Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 91/100 Points
- Mike Bennie, Delicious Magazine, Feb 2011
Down in McLaren Vale, Corrina Wright steers the hip at Oliver's Taranga and her decision to try alternative varieties has been met with great success. Fiano is a white grape native to the south of Italy is now finding a home in Corrina's vineyards. The Oliver's Taranga Fiano 2010 ($24) is perky, showing nectarine, green apple acidity and a hint of ginger. It's lean but decidedly McLaren Vale in its vibrant fruit flavour.
- Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller WINE, 2011
The dry white wine variety from Campania in Italy has a big future in Australia. There, I’ve said it. Acceleration in the palate through to chalky, mineral driven finishes aside, the hearty variety keeps poise even in tough climate conditions. Hence, Coriole and Oliver’s Taranga again take a run at the variety, with excellent results. There is more parity in their styles here; faint smoke, dried herbs and nuttiness add complexity to a green-apple and citrus-blossom flush. These are more-ish, refreshing wines that herald the variety as the implicitly drinkable grape that it can be when handled with minimal intervention. Fox Gordon and Rutherglen Estates do well too. The neutrality of fruit flavour and dry-without-shrillness inherent in the variety, is very applicable to mass appeal, yet also offers depth for wine cognoscenti seeking some soul searching.
- Ben Thomas, Decanter Magazine, November 2010, 4/5 stars
Fiano hails from the Campania region in southern Italy but has a bright future in Australia. The warm climate of McLaren Vale on the coast just south of Adelaide seems to suit the grape really well. Exotic aromas of pear, nectarine, red apple and tangerine lure you in before similar flavours lead in to a smooth texture and mouth-watering, yet balanced, acid. It also has a lengthy, refreshing ginger and nectarine finish. It’s easy drinking, yet a serious wine.
- Australian Wine Journal, Sept 2010, 90 points
Oliver's Taranga Fiano 2010 ($24) Oliver's Tarnaga also sell fruit to Coriole for their fiano. The third fiano I've had from this label and by far the most interesting. It's quite a lean, dry style, with lemon citrus notes marked by apricot kernel undertones and a pleasing hint of light spice apparent. There's a also a good thrust of driving acidity, making the whole experience seem quite distinctive.
- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, August 2010, 91 Points
Less crunch, greater refreshment – that’d be my assessment of this release of 2010 Oliver’s Taranga Fiano over the 2009 version. This release is exotic; it tastes of ginger and preserved lemons, nectarine and green pears/apples. It’s crisp and dry, has good palate weight and a fine, mouth-watering finish. It will offer excellent summer drinking.
- James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010, 90 points
Interesting nettle and wild flower aromas, then a vibrantly tangy palate, at once juicy and edgy. Points for adventure.
- Tony Love, The Advertiser, 2010
Oliver Taranga’s winemaker Corrina Wright was one of the earliest embracers of this southern Italian variety, traditionally grown inland from Naples. It can show a fair bit of body while retaining a bite of acidity, which is exactly the style reached here. Blossom and white nuts like pine and almond, with some fullness and presence edged with citrus- lemon and orange- rinds for a quite savoury style of wine well suited to many lighter dishes.