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2018 Messing About Fiano

This wine perked my ears up in a blind tasting last year, and it seems the Granite Belt is an increasingly excellent place to source a diverse array of well priced, well made, interesting wines. This release is a little leaner and steelier than 2016 but manages to pack in plenty of varietal character and refreshment factor.

Lovely scents of white flesh pear, just ripe ones, then there’s touches of lemongrass, citrus blossom, wet slate. The palate is trim and taut, brisk in light pear flavours, shows some green apple chirpiness and finishes with a pleasing, bitterness, but it is a bit screechy too. A touch of creaminess finds its way into the wine mid-palate. This kind of wine is set for a deep chill and summery weather, so the length is a smallish quibble. Good drinking to be had here.

Rated : 89 Points
Tasted : JAN18
Alcohol : 12.3%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 – 2020

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