The Campania region in Italy’s south-west is one of the rare regions where white and red wines are held in equal esteem. There are several white varieties that produce outstanding quality here, particularly fiano. This is now one of the most planted Italian white varieties in Australia, found in many regions. I was thrilled to find fiano planted in the cool-climate maritime region of the Mornington Peninsula, grown by Joe Vaughan in Tuerong. What an opportunity to be relished!
Fruit was machine harvested on a cold morning, then transferred to the winery for direct press and settling. Two thirds of the juice was transferred to mature French oak barriques for spontaneous fermentation, while the remaining third was fermented in stainless steel. After fermentation was complete the entirety of the wine was in mature barriques for malolactic fermentation and sat on lees until mid-November when it was racked and blended before bottling in early January 2020.
There was a wine produced back in ancient Roman times that was called Apianum that some believe was made from fiano. Apiana is the latin word for bees, and even today in this region it is not uncommon to see bees attracted to the ripe fiano berries. This is the origin of this wine’s name, but with its high acidity and almost honeyed texture, it has a bit of sting to it.