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Australian family-owned McLaren Vale winery Woodstock are welcoming their first vintage of
Fiano to the portfolio in 2023, in a move inspired by our adapting climate and Australian
Driven by a strong belief in the potential of the ancient Italian white variety, the Collett
winemaking family have planted Fiano on their Estate straddling the Blewitt Springs
subregion of McLaren Vale.
“McLaren Vale has always been a champion of local food with wine, something Woodstock
embraced back in the 1980s when we opened the region’s first winery restaurant, the
Coterie,” explains third generation winemaker, Peter Collett.
“It feels fitting that a variety so suited to pairing with a huge range of foods thrives in our
corner of the region – Fiano is perfectly suited to our warm, Mediterranean conditions, deep
sandy soils and presents a lot of versatility when it comes to vinification.
“Fiano grapes manage to retain great natural acidity despite the fact that they are relatively
late-ripening – that is exciting from a winemaking perspective as it allows us to create a
modern, complex white wine well-suited to Australian lifestyles”, Peter adds.
For the inaugural 2023 vintage, Woodstock’s viticulture and winemaking team partnered with
renowned McLaren Vale grower, Vicky Vasarelli, with future vintages to be made with Estate-
grown Fiano planted in 2022.
Handpicked at optimal flavour ripeness, the Fiano was pressed into a combination of
stainless-steel and oak hogsheads for fermentation.
“While the tank component creates a clean, crisp and aromatic wine where the acid and
minerality shine, retaining the lees in the barrel fermented component for toasty characters
allows us to build textural complexity in the finished blend,” Peter says.
The resulting wine boasts tropical notes of pineapple and guava on the nose, with a lively
palate brimming with mouth-filling fruit characters and a subtle creamy texture. The wine
finishes dry and crisp, exhibiting hints of citrus and minerality.Tropical fruits of pineapple and guava on the nose with hints of passionfruit. The palate is full of life, brimming with mouth filling fruit sweetness and subtle creamy texture. The wine finishes dry and crisp exhibiting hints of citrus and minerality.
Thursday, August 31, 2023
This is just the second release of what is arguably the best sub-$20 dry riesling in Australia. The d'Anna family of Hoddles Creek fame in the Yarra Valley are sourcing fruit for some of their entry-level Wickhams Road wines from the unheralded Yea Valley, around 100km north of Melbourne. They've struck gold with this little parcel of deliciousness, and a similarly impressive cabernet franc. This is perfumed, bright and juicy with really zingy acid and lip-smacking citrus flavours to the fore. A portion has seen oak foudre treatment for added complexity but it is zippy, youthful appeal that is the selling point. $20. www.hoddlescreekestate.com.au/
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