As the first rays of sunlight for the spring ahead hit us, the mind easily turns to being by the sea and with a glass of crisp dry white in hand, a plate of freshly caught seafood to the side. Well, lucky we have it all here in McLaren Vale, just off the pristine coast and tucked here in our cool foothills.
Enter Fiano, and this is our first-ever release, from the sublime 2023 harvest. We planted Fiano as we wished to expand our white range, but also with future climate and site suitability in mind. Fiano is originally from Campania in the South West of Italy, where it is regarded as a strongly flavoured, lifted aromatic variety.
Planted in the spring of 2020, on our Oakley Road property, this is in a natural gully below the eastern escarpment of McLaren Vale, planted on the famed Kurrajong Formation which is highly regarded for Shiraz, but we feel adds a real mineral profile to this Fiano. Hand-picked early in vintage 2023, this was our first make of Fiano, so we have gone for a really lean and clean, classically simple style to express the place – chalky, and variety – citrus.
Crunchy, fresh and light (only 11% abv) the sort of wine that sits comfortably chilled, with a platter of natural oysters on the table, the wine adding lemon and salinity, thirst-quenching.
- Colour: Bright clear light yellow
- Smells like: Mandarin peel, fennel, and straw.
- Tastes like: Lime sorbet, green apple, cucumber, and morning dew.
You can order the 2023 Hither & Yon Fiano here.
We hope you love the artwork as well, this was first done as a real-life mosaic and then reproduced as a label. This was inspired by the limestone soil geology of the site, all of the beautiful citrus fruits and herbs of the wine, and the cool blues of the Gulf St. Vincent.