Five years ago, Fiano was grafted onto a single vineyard of 30-year-old Riesling vines in the sub-region of Auburn.
Thriving in terra rossa over limestone soils, these vines are vigorous with a healthy canopy, which helps them withstand the heat and dry summer conditions.
Medium-bodied with beautifully intense flavours. Textural with notes of lemongrass and zesty, bright natural acidity.
We love how well suited Fiano is to the Australian climate, with it’s thick skin and ability to ripen on the vine without losing acidity under the summer sun.
It’s also very versatile in the winery, and our aim is to make a style that is fresh, zippy and attractively aromatic.
We work with a vineyard at Kersbrook, in the warmer northern Adelaide Hills, which we think is a perfect site growing for Italian grape varieties.
Light straw. Powerful with notes or ripe citrus, nashi pear and blossoms.
Beautifully fresh with crisp minerality.
The mid-palate is textural and balanced, with generous notes of orchard fruits.
Great length of flavour.
This Fiano is intensely flavoured and aromatic.
The nose is of apricots, lifted with hints of florals, citrus and nectarine. Firm acid frames the fruit giving presence and depth.
A unique blend of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Fiano and Greco
We are committed to investing in Mediterranean grape varieties and discovering how best they suit our region. We are excited by their unique qualities, ability to adapt to our climate, and of course their drinkability! Like the flowers in a Daisy Chain, Ricca Terra wouldn’t exist without a chain of important people. Our vignerons and winemakers; our bottlers, storage and transportation teams; our distributors and sommeliers; and most importantly you, our customer. The ‘Daisy Chain’ is our way of acknowledging and thanking everyone for their part in our wine journey, from vine to bottle. “Do you have a sweet wine?” was a common request from many of our customers. Sweet no, but pretty, yes! The co-fermented Fiano and Greco provides crunchy acid punch to this wine, while the Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains gives floral lifts. This unique blend gives our drinkers the impression the palate will be sweet, however, the surprise is a sophisticated dry finish and flavour-filled wine.
Of all the Muscat grape varieties, Muscat Blanc à Pettits Grains is the most elegant and arguably the easiest to grow. It is also one of the first grape varieties harvested at Ricca Terra Farms. The canopy is prone to rolling, which can expose the grapes to extreme heat during summer, which will lead to fruit burn. To overcome this, the canopy is tipped in early November to stimulate lateral growth on shoots, which stops the production of long cane, avoiding the canopy rolling. The fruit can burn easy from direct sunlight, so protecting the grapes within the canopy is essential. Each grape requires individual treatment to overcome challenges and play to their strengths. Avoiding ‘cooked and stewed’ grapes is the challenge when growing Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains and powdery mildew is the primary enemy! Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains is prone to infection and must be managed, while the Fiano and Greco have an ability to hold loads of natural acid when grown in a warm viticultural climate. Winemaking: To retain the aromatic floral flavours of Muscat Blanc à Pettits Grains, grapes are harvested at around 11.5 Baume. The Fiano and Greco are harvested close to 12.0 Baume and then fermented in stainless steel before being matured in old French barrels for six months. The inoculation of the must with year ensures for a predictable and safe fermentation process. The result is a refreshing wine made to drink now.