Fiano is an Italian white grape that hails from the Southern Italian region of Campania and Sicily. It is a thick-skinned grape, and it’s popularity suffers from its low cropping yields. Within Australia, rarely does one attempt to produce Fiano, but one can find a handful of examples from McLaren Vale.
A measly $10 will get you this bottle from Vintage Cellars. There aren’t many producers of Fiano in Australia and Coriole, also of McLaren Vale, is the other that pops into my mind. Seaview is more notoriously known for its sparkling wines which is part of SouthCorp’s Treasury Wines portfolio. On first impression, this wine has aromas of citrus, nuttiness and melted butter which I’d associate with Chardonnay from a hot vintage. Despite the couple of years under its belt, it retains a slight zip on the palate. There is a fair amount of weight on the palate, balanced by rich acidity that sweeps through, with weighty lemon flavours sprinkled with minerality. A straight-forward simple wine which would hold up to a rich king prawn fettuccine generously tossed in pesto. Drink now – 2015. 87/100