Ballandean Fiano 2021
Of all the white wines from Ballandean Estate Fiano is one of my favourites with the Granite Belt climate clearly well suited to this Southern Italian variety. Perhaps it is the mountain influence as the best Italian Fianos are also found close to the mountains that run down the spine of Italy. What I like most here is the added complexity above simple fresh fruits which take it up a gear or two.
Bright mid straw in colour, it is gently aromatic but immediately complex with an array of stone fruit, peach skin, pith and almond husky aromas. There is underlying richness and power, as is often seen in Fiano. The wine is then deliciously crisp with acidity well balanced to sweet tropical fruits leading to a dry finish. It’s super food friendly well suited to anything from picnic cold cuts through to creamy pasta dishes.