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Stories of Saltram: Winemaker’s Selection Barossa Valley Fiano

Discover our easy-to-drink emerging varietal, Fiano.

Winemaker’s Selection

The Winemaker's Selection range allows for experimentation with very special parcels. This range gives our winemakers the opportunity to showcase finer, elegant wines, crafted from the best parcels in our Barossa Valley vineyards. A member favourite is our Winemaker’s Selection Fiano, which marries Italian style with rich Barossa flavours.

“For Winemaker’s Selection, it’s often that I have very small amounts of fruit to work with, generally from a single vineyard, and is only released in those exceptional vintages. I make this wine to reflect where it comes from, considering the history of the specific vineyard,” explains Alex MacKenzie, Saltram Chief Winemaker.

“It’s not a wine that you can particularly find everywhere, due to the small amounts we make – that’s what makes it special. The wine needs to be a standout and have that interest factor from a wine taster’s perspective, and most importantly, the wine needs to be tasty.”

The combination of unique vineyards, Angaston’s mineral-rich soils and the area’s Mediterranean climate produces fruit with the essence of Saltram – richness, intensity and character.

What is Fiano?

Hailing from the coastal regions of southern Italy near Campania, where warm weather is plentiful, Fiano is an easy-to-drink white wine that is characteristically renowned for expressing subtle nutty aromas, with fresh pear, citrus and honey flavours on the palate.

But part of its appeal is its ability to embrace many different wine styles, from fresh and minerally to bold and indulgent.

“I believe Fiano has great potential here in Australia. It’s an emerging Barossa varietal well-suited to the region, with an ability to make complex aromatic and textured wines,” says MacKenzie. “It is pleasing to acknowledge that while this grape and these wines continue to evolve, as winemakers, we are still learning about Fiano and exploring its styles. Whether made like a Riesling or treated like a Chardonnay, it can spend time on lees or in oak, depending on the fruit available.”

Winemaker's Selection Barossa Valley Fiano 2020

The Fiano 2020 is a single vineyard wine from Lyndoch, located in the southern end of the Barossa. As this is generally a cooler part of the region, the fruit is not harvested until the natural acidity of the fruit softens. The 2020 vintage exceeded all expectations, with exceptional parcels reaching optimum flavours and ripeness, while retaining the all-important natural, fresh acidity.

“The 2020 Saltram Fiano hits all the right spots; there is a great balance of savoury-texture elements and flavours of citrus, peach, passion fruit, and elderflower. It finishes crisp and can be enjoyed now but will also age well,” says MacKenzie.

“We have made this wine to represent the new and emerging varieties that we feel are suited to the changing climate, and for the wine drinker who is looking to expand their knowledge and interest in alternative varieties.”

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto

Looking for the perfect dish to pair with a bottle of Saltram Fiano 2020? Saltram Winemaker Alex MacKenzie recommends local fresh figs wrapped in prosciutto, topped with goat’s cheese, and baked in the oven.

Extremely easy to prepare, and a great Autumnal dish that works well with a glass of Fiano.

“Versatile with many cuisines involving fresh seafood, the Fiano 2020 will also handle spicy and fried dishes due to its natural acidity. But try pair the Saltram Fiano 2020 with local fresh figs wrapped in prosciutto, topped with goat’s cheese, and bake in the oven – an easy, delicious dish to enjoy this Autumn season,” says MacKenzie.