Il Piano McLaren Vale Fiano 2022
This handpicked Fiano was 10% destemmed with skin contact for one month, the balance was whole bunch pressed with 35% barrel fermented and 55% in stainless steel. Fermentation was all wild, with no malo occurring, this wine was then blended and bottled after 4 months.
2022 Smidge McLaren Vale ‘Il Piano’ Fiano – 92 points
Fiano is quickly becoming one of my favourite white grapes. ‘Il Piano’ (Italian for “the plan”) is an extremely zippy, silky and salty drop, with intense aromas of orange blossom, lemon, chalk, lime, hay and apple that unfurl slowly and then never leave you. It pairs incredibly well with food, particularly chicken, and it goes extra-smashingly with soft or hard cheese. Brendan Black, Wine Pilot