Small Batch Wines  |  2011 Fiano

Vintage Notes:

The 2011 Fiano is finally here! A wet vintage provided some challenges in terms of disease, but the Fiano variety seems to be extremely resistant from mildews and botyritis. The fruit and the vines looked stunning, and we are excited to bring this 2011 Fiano to you.

Fiano is a relatively new variety to Australia, and originates from the Campagna region of Italy. This is our 4th 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 2011 Fiano has been made without the use of oak.

Winemaking Notes:

If you would like to read more about the making of the 2011 Fiano see:


  • Gold Medal – 2011 McLaren Vale Wine Show`


  • Wineweek Episode #227
  • Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 90/100 points

    Fiano is a central Italian grape finding a home in the Vale. This youngster has pale colour, a bright floral aroma with creamy lees nuances and a clean, soft, full-flavoured palate without evident sweetness. Rich, long and high impact. Best within 3 years.

  • Wine & Viticulture Journal, May/June 2012, Fiano Varietal Report

    Straw in colour. Matchstick, chestnut and pronounced almond on the nose with some slightly overt sulphide/yeast characters at first open. One taster described it as having Italian-esque aromas. Varietal characters carry though to the palate which is flinty, dry, slightly green and enriched by a slight phenolic bitterness on the back palate. Long and well-defined finish.

  • Jeremy Pringle,, April 2012

    2011 Oliver’s Taranga Fiano

    I’m a big fan of Fiano. Just about every local example I’ve tasted has hit the mark. I’m hoping it’ll become the new hip alternative white variety…but I’m not holding my breath.

    Beautifully floral perfumed with almond skins, pear, mandarin and some honeycomb. It’s got medium palate weight and an enjoyable amount of viscosity through which the season’s acidity slices superbly. Spice and mineral finish. An absolute winner. Worked well with Spanakopita. Very Good

    Region: Mc Laren Vale Alcohol: 13% Closure: Screwcap Price: $24 Tasted: April 2012

  • Winestate Magazine March/April 2012- 3 stars

    Funky pungent savoury aromas and long savoury palate with great acid and grippy texture.

  • Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual 2012, 92 points

    Spicy, floral scents of citrus, cinnamon and honeysuckle with undertones of nuts and white pepper precede a long, smooth and juicy palate packed with tangy, mouth filling flavour. With a fine dusty, chalky backbone, it finishes with elegance, fresh acid and hint of mineral.

  • SA Life December/Jan 2012- David Sly

    This wine represents glorious summer drinking. A grape varietal sourced from southern Italy, it has the winning mix of fresh citrus with fleshy stonefruit and pear flavours, a hint of savoury spiciness and gutsy mouthfeel, all contained in a generous, medium-weight palate. It's especially suited to seafood, grilled fish or a poached chicken salad. Corrina Wright at Oliver's Taranga in McLaren Vale makes this wine textural and rich, though by avoiding oak its zesty freshness is allowed to shine. It's part of the winery's small natch range, so there aren't vast amounts available. Hop online of head to the winery cellar door to make sure you get some.

  • Gourmet Traveller WINE Oct/Nov 2011, 90 points

    A fresh, young wine with bright floral aromas, and nutty sur-lie characters. The palate is clean and soft, dry and smooth, with plenty of volume and some alcohol warmth as well as grip adding authority to its rich, long finish.

  • James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine Nov 2011, 90 points

    Very good natural acidity provides the framework for the generous palate and zesty, bitter almond, lemon pith flavours. Italy meets the tapas dishes of Spain.

  • Max Allen, Weekend Australian, August 2011

    Oliver's Taranga Vineyards in McLaren Vale has released two southern Italian-accented 2011 whites: a tangy, savoury, lean and chalky vermentino and a slightly fuller, chewier, honey-spicy fiano (both $24; These are exactly the kinds of wines you want in the fridge or the Esky as the weather warms up and you develop a hankering for deep-fried, beer-battered whiting (or is that just me?). The Olivers also happen to be celebrating 170 years of winegrowing this year.

  • Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2011, 90+ points

    Gently scented candle wax, sweet lemon blossoms, slate and a whiff of hazelnut. Take me to Campania. The palate has some surprising strength, almost sternly chalky in texture, and suggesting a wine that may do some good things with time in cellar too. As is, its juicy, washy fruit takes over the youthful, steely resolve – a lilting spectrum of citrus, green pear and quince. The finish is a bit oily and yet obliquely tart, but it’s mostly forgiven, even enjoyed, in the exotic framework of the wine.

  • The Adelaide Review Hot 100 SA Wines 2011

    “This took the judges on a flavour adventure from lemon, spice and nougat to smoky brie characters. Greenglade meets spice in a middle eastern rock the casbah”

  • Tony Love, Herald Sun, 2011

    Herald Sun
    ★★★★ - A cut above

    This Italian variety is showing increasing interest and Oliver's has been one of its champions with its latest release showing properly distinctive personality from start to finish. A fino-like aroma that the winemaker describes as "pine nuts and lemon rind" is bang on, but more happens on the palate with decent medium-bodied weight and texture filling the mouth. Captivating.

    Rating: ****

    4 out of 5 stars - A cut above

    Value: Terrific

    Food: Quail with juniper

  • Closure


    Grape Variety

    100% Fiano

    Growing Region

    100% McLaren Vale- Estate Grown


    Light straw


    Great fresh lift, lemon basil with cashew nut notes


    Lively freshness, excellent palate texture and creaminess. Richness with zest.

    Cellaring Potential

    Drink now




    Corrina Wright

    Date Bottled

    June 2011

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