The Fiano grape variety originates from the Campania region east of Naples in Italy. So immediately I think of light fresh seafoods, sometimes richer dishes such as seafood pasta or risotto, or richer poultry dishes. Generally it has a nutty, herbal, characters which I just remember as pesto; ie pinenuts, basil, parmesan cheese. It can be quite aromatic, and sometimes with smoky spicy notes. It naturally retains its acid.
The Fox Gordon 2012 Princess Fiano from Mt Lofty in Adelaide Hills (SA), exhibits all this and more. Quite an intense nose, of almond meal, ripe pineapple, floral characters and herbal hints, leaps out of the glass. The palate has a nice filling texture combined with crunchy nashi pear. Some citrus pith elements. The mineral/slatey character combined with the refreshing acidity reminds me of Riesling. This is a wine which is classically rubenesque in the traditional sense, full bodied yet lean in all the right places. From an exceptional vintage, the Fox Gordon Princess Fiano definitely over delivers.
I’d be inclined to match the Princess Fiano with a full flavoured blue swimmer crab risotto, topped with seared scallops.
Region: Adelaide Hills (South Australia)
Sample: Provided by producer