2013 Pikes Luccio Fiano, Clare Valley, SA
This second release Fiano from Pikes, and joins the tide of Australian Fiano, which, I believe, will have a long and healthy future here.
There’s a familiar smell in this wine. It’s easy to believe cellars have their own aroma, as there is something on the nose akin the ’13 traditionale Riesling. That smell is aromatic, mainly subtle floral notes and ripe lemon. Their shared youth probably helps them seem more similar. The palate of the Fiano delivers crunchy Granny Smith apple, lemon pith, talc, almonds, struck stones and the faintest whiff of fresh mint leaves as it warmed up in the glass. It’s alive on the palate, part dissolved CO2, part due to Pikes being great practitioners of acid and fine intense mouthfeel. This wine has obvious yet restrained fruit and the classic taut structure Italian grapes are known for. Very smart indeed, and terrific value for RRP $20.