James believes that this Mornington Peninsula Fiano is going to be one of his flagship wines. And it is hard to argue. The cooler Maritime climate isn’t a million miles away from Campania in Italy. Where Fiano is most commonly found. James’ Mornington Peninsula Fiano is nice and ripe. Barrel fermentation has added to the appearance of broadness and generosity. It tastes of melons, waxy apples and honey. There is a spicy note in there too. I’d enjoy this Fiano from now and over the next 3 or 4 years. Matched with some robust, white-fleshed flesh. Due to the process James uses, he is able to keep sulphur to an absolute minimum.
What happens when wine is made by a podcaster, traveller of the known and unknown wine world, father and nice guy to boot? You get Vino Intrepido. James Scarcebrook aka The Intrepid Wino is a busy lad that loves wine. In 2016 he started a project for his interest and fun to see what it is like to make wine. And to see if he can make the wines express what he had in his head. In 2017 the range expanded from one batch to several and this is the first release.
One of many stars in Melbourne’s dress circle of vineyards. Varied success depending on terroir and winemaker but the best are outstanding. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can excel with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sparkling all capable of impressive wines too.
Historically important white variety. Now almost exclusively from Campania in Italy. Very rich and complex wines with the ability to age. Tends to be quite rich and phenolic. It excels in sites where it can retain some acidity and therefore freshness. It is becoming popular in Australia as the hot, dry conditions of Southern Italy are comparable to our climate here. Not a wine to age, the best are thrilling from release.