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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.
Cellar Reserve Fiano is sourced from a single vineyard in McLaren Vale and is a unique Australian expression of this Italian grape variety.
Drinking at its peak. Drinking window now - 2019.
At once, great interest emanates from an ascent of exotic tropical fruits, chiefly guava & lychee with a touch of fresh fig.
Further scrutiny reveals freshly grated coconut, blue gum honey and a refreshing splash of cucumber (tzatziki-like!).
Purposely fermented and matured in stainless steel so as not to camouflage the allure of assorted fruits by oak.
Yes, this wine is all about the fruit!
Those fruits detected on the nose spill over to the flavoursome palate, supplemented by a bonus lemon/lime curd enhancement.
All finishing with a perceived soft & rounded acid structure courting a long finish.
A great Summer food wine, effortlessly doubling up as an aperitif. Bone dry and optimally served chilled to icy cold.
Origin: McLaren Vale, South Australia.
Maturation: Stainless steel for 6 months.
Autumn and winter were dry and cool, significantly below long-term averages in McLaren Vale. The record-low rainfall levels prevailed through September to March, with some relief seen only in January and February.
Temperatures during spring and early summer were warmer on average which prompted a surge in grapevine growth after a protracted start.
The season then progressed phenologically with grapevines moving from budburst to veraison on par with the long-term average, producing promising quality and yield.
The 2016 release was the inaugural Penfolds Fiano.