w/b 2 September 2013
FIANO is a very popular white in the Mediterranean, hailing from Italy's southern Campania region as well as from the island of Sicily, and is now starting to get the attention of grape-growers and winemakers here – and with consumers, too, discovering it's enjoyably vibrant and bright fruit flavours and rich palate.
One local maker with a Fiano worth seeking out is McLaren Vale's Serafino Wines, that was founded by Steve (Serafino) Maglieri in 1968, and who's now-Chief Winemaker, Charles Whish is a Jimmy Watson Trophy recipient.
Their 2013 Serafino Bellissimo Fiano bursts with citrus and stone fruit aromas, and is crisp and refreshing in the mouth, offering nice hints of honeysuckle and lemon citrus. Made from fruit handpicked from Serafino's first Fiano crop, it's sure to instantly appeal to those who enjoy broadening their wine-tasting experiences.
Particularly enjoyable with seafoods, at $18 match it as we go into our warmer months with whole oven-baked fish such as snapper, a fresh garden salad and garlic bread – just as they do back in its Mediterranean homeland.
ONE TO NOTE: WESTERN Australia's Ferngrove has launched a new-era Limited Release range from the Frankland River in the State's famed Great Southern region, including a rewarding 2011 Malbec.
Senior Winemaker, Kim Horton says the range epitomises the best from Frankland River, that's one of the coolest wine-producing areas in WA. And the 2011 Malbec is one, he says, the whole Ferngrove team is particularly excited about, as while displaying robust tannins and dark plum and spice on the palate, it's interestingly restrained rather than a smack-in-the-mouth flavour hit.
Pay $20 and match this buy-now, drink-now drop with pork and fennel sausages served with potato mash infused with a good handful of Italian parsley.
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 DISCOVER the pleasures of this Fiano, a little-known drop here that's sure to prove as popular as in its homeland Italy.
 NICELY flavoursome, yet restrained rather than a smack-in-the-mouth.