Wednesday, April 28, 2010


- Adelaide Hills, SA
- $15-$22
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

Talented winemaker Tash Mooney's gained much praise for her Fox Gordon Viognier, so it's only natural that she'd try her hand at other emerging styles, such as the southern Italian variety fiano. Alongside the McLaren Vale based wineries of Coriole and Oliver's Taranga, Fox Gordon's is only the third Australian fiano I've had.

Fox Gordon's second fiano, the 2009, presents floral aromas of lavender, apricot kernel and pine nuts with a clean trace of grapefruit citrus adding zing. Its mouthfeel is the unexpected highlight here, with a smooth, creamy and sumptuous fullness that touches all of the mouth's cornices with opulent flow. Keeping the back label honest is a real depth and persistence of mid-palate character, as the wine unravels pure, olive oil-like flavours with nutty undertones, that extend with brisk acids and a lingering tone of grapefruit.

ü+ Fox Gordon's 2009 Fiano is a rather remarkable, truly individual Australian white wine within its price bracket. It's intrinsic, texture driven (beautifully labelled too) and the pick of my brief encounters with Aussie fiano. Just don't drink it too cold. Watch this space. Drink to 2011.
90 points


  1. Always looking for something different, this sound delicious. I must look for it.

    I've recently seen a Seaview Fiano and and will likely buy a bottle to try. It's part of Seaview's Italian varietal series. I've only tried the Barbera which was very good. The Vermentino broke on the kitchen floor, it smelled good so I will go out and buy another.

  2. Yeouch! Shame about that Vermentino! I've had Yalumba's Langhorne Creek Vermentino a couple of times, of which, I believe the 2009 is a good wine in the 'I can't believe it's not sauvignon blanc' style. Still, isn't it exciting to see all these new varieties arriving on our doorstep?

    Fox Gordon wines should be available at First Choice stores by the way, and possibly even Vintage Cellars as well.

    Cheers, (and better luck with your next Vermen)
    Chris P