Three Ponds Fiano 2013
- Hunter Valley -
Bright straw green in colour. Lifted lemon and lime on the fresh and lively nose with some ginger spice; quite lean. One taster said the nose was reminiscent of aged Reisling. Lovely line and great interest on the palate which has good phenolics.
Vineyard Three Ponds Vineyard, Broke
Winemaker Andrew Spinaze
Trophy – 2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show – Alternative White Varietals
Ahh, so romantic, picked on Valentine’s Day 2013. Fiano isn’t a trailblazing variety in the Hunter Valley, yet, but sheesh, there’s a few that look pretty good on closer inspection. I reckon a bit more work on texture and the variety could be a real humdinger. Certainly, this wine looked very good at the recent Hunter Valley Wine Show 2013…It’s sort of tropical fruity in aromas but there’s peanut shell and cashew nuttiness in the mix too. Flavours run the same way though it’s a bit pithier to taste, and there’s a bit of chalky grip and, as said, it would be nice to see more of this giving structure, but there’s enough to have the palate hanging on. Finishes crisp and steely-mineral like, the wine light yet very tight and precise. Delicious drinking.
Mike Bennie – Winefront- 93 Points
Juicy fruit, good line, feels good in the mouth, finishes satisfactorily. A positive wine. Aroma leads you in and the palate finishes you off. Good (fruit-filled) example of the variety; can’t imagine many complaints.
Campbell Mattinson – Wine Companion – 90/100
Fiano in the Hunter Valley
Fiano is an ancient grape, originating in southern Italy or Greece. After centuries lacking recognition, fiano regained popularity late last century around Avellino, in the Campania region of Italy. Fiano found its way to Australia around 2005, in McLaren Vale. Mount Eyre Vineyards are the Hunter Valley's fiano pioneers, with our first experimental vintage in 2012. In 2013, we bottled our first Three Ponds Fiano, winning a trophy at the Hunter Valley Wine Show. The rest is history with each release selling out quite fast. We have held back a few cases of our historic first release to complement our museum releases of other varietals. Fiano thrives in the Hunter's hot, dry conditions; however it has also demonstrated an ability to deal with summer rains. Just like many Sicilians and Neopolitans, fiano has migrated to Australia very successfully!