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Fox Gordon Princess Fiano Adelaide Hills

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Category: Wines White
Subcategory: White Varietals
Brand: Fox Gordon

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Brand: Fox Gordon
Category: Wines White

Fox Gordon were only the second Australian producer to make a varietal Fiano. That was in the 2008 vintage, from a vineyard planted in 2000.  Princess still comes from the same Mount Lofty vineyard, so this is positively old-vine by the standards of Aussie Fiano!
 
Three passes were made through the vineyard, picking the grapes at differing levels of ripeness to add complexity.  Fermentation was in temperature-controlled stainless steel using only natural yeasts, with a minimum of added SO2.  Unusually for Australia, this wine was not acidified: a testament to the cool climate of the high Adelaide Hills.  It spent three months aging on its fine lees, again in tanks, so it is entirely unoaked.Though the wine is a fairly pale lemon colour, it still displays notably strong legs when swirled: thick, slow-moving tears on the side of the glass that hint at high levels of extract.  (Or alcohol, though the label and website says 13.0% and Aussies are usually very accurate on this.)
 
The nose is quite powerful and distinctively different, with lots of layers to it.  An initial floral impression of honeysuckle is soon joined by a strong herbal one, akin to thai basil, with perhaps a hint of sage.  Spicy lemongrass continues the Asian theme, underpinned by stony, tangerine-peel citrus.  After plenty of air a honeyed note emerges, though the wine doesn’t smell at all sweet.
 
In the mouth this has an intensity of unoaked flavours that almost disguises its dryness and very fresh acidity.  This is a big, full-bodied wine, with ripe, juicy flavours of fresh nectarine, greengage and mandarin orange.  It has a mouthcoating, melon-skin texture, probably from lees aging, which is particularly apparent on the afterpalate and finish.
 
Spicy and textured, the finish has a leesy stoniness reminiscent of good Muscadet, though it’s rather fruitier.  It’s nutty too, leaving a lasting impression of pine nuts.

 

The Princess\' frame isn\'t weighty but, rather, seductively full in all the right places. She charms with bursts of bright nectarine, melon and pine nut, yet is able to maintain natural poise and composure whilst reigning over her region.

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