The Winemaker's Selection was introduced to allow experimentation and special parcels of fruit to remain separate so that they can show their true colours. Senior winemaker Alex MacKenzie believes Fiano is an emerging Barossa varietal well suited to the region, demonstrating an ability to make complex aromatic and textured wines.
Lively fresh lemon and citrus blossom are interwoven with varietal lemongrass, almond kernel and fig. A textural delight and the perfect complement to flavoursome foods.
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2021|
|93 points||Ned Goodwin|
|Silver||2019 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show|
|Bronze||2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show|
Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion
This is good, attesting to the promise of fiano here. It could be very good if there was some phenolic grip over tangy acidity, reflecting the variety's natural persuasion. Yet the aromas are on form: fennel, lemon drop, quince and apricot pith.
The wine has lifted aromatics reminiscent of freshly picked elderflower, a hint of tropical fruit, and complemented by citrus peel.
The palate is fresh and textural with a seamless mouthfeel, showcasing bright flavours of citrus fruits and finishing with tropical fruits. Mouth-watering acidity cleanses the palate leaving you wanting. Moorish!
Just one hour’s drive from South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, lies its gourmet capital (and wine Mecca), Barossa. One of the country’s most beautiful and historic wine regions, Barossa is a magnet for lovers of fine food and wine. Its classic Mediterranean climate, and free-draining red brown soils, makes the region ideal for growing grapes. Barossa produces excellent Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Riesling and Semillon.
The 2017/2018 growing season was characterised by long dry periods and regular heat spikes. The Fiano vine yields were lower, with adequate fruit canopy to protect fruit from any sunburn. Fruit quality was very good due to fruit reaching optimum flavours and ripeness, while retaining natural fresh acidity.
Alex started as 10th Winemaker at Saltram in 2017, however his first connection with Saltram was in 2001, working alongside the 8th maker, Nigel Dolan. Alex brings with him over fifteen years of winemaking experience and a great love of the Barossa. His style is down to earth – allowing the season and dirt to speak for themselves – keeping winemaking simple to enable a pure expression of Barossa fruit, as is the Saltram tradition.