By Ben Ranken Fiano 2021 750ml


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By Ben Ranken Heathcote Fiano is a dry, medium body wine from Taungurung country, Heathcote region, Victoria

Origin: Taungurung country, Heathcote region, Victoria

Grape type: Fiano

Style: dry medium body/acidity

Goes well with: Great aperitif wine with antipasto stars like white anchovies and semi hard cheese with a creamy paste such as Firstkönig or San Simón, Caprese salad

Similar wines: Pinot Grigio, Semillion

NOTE – Harper and Blohm licensing restrictions require that wine can only be purchased in conjunction with one or more food items. A maximum quantity of liquor purchased must not exceed more than two 750ml bottles of wine. Liquor cannot be purchased by anyone under 18. Liquor cannot be left at unoccupied premises – please ensure that you will be home to accept your delivery.​

Orders that do not meet these requirements will not be fulfilled and refunds will be issued.

Originally from the Campania region in southern Italy, Fiano is an Italian varietal that appreciates a hot Mediterranean-style summer like those found in the Heathcote wine region. You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that with climate change, Australia will experience more hot weather. So, the smart grape growers are embracing varietals which thrive in such conditions.
Fiano generally is unique in its ability to retain acidity while delivering rich, textural wines - think notes of pear, orange peel and hazelnut. Leaning into this, Ben has created a Fiano in a definite textural style, similar to techniques he uses with Chardonnay.
This robust wine was naturally fermented oak and spent some time in barrels and on gross lees until bottling.

A little history

‘By Ben Ranken’ wines have been unofficially around since 2014 and have recently introduced Heathcote Shiraz and Fiano to the tight portfolio. The first incarnation of the Shiraz came from a few tonnes of grapes that came Ben’s way, becoming cleanskins (no label) for his nearest and dearest, including his brother who owned a Windsor wine bar. The label was painted by Ben’s then 4-year old daughter and pretty swiftly the wine sold out.
Since then, there’s been a rogue Chardonnay, Pinot noir and more recently the two Blanc de Blancs (2013 and 1995) from Cope Williams.

In addition, Ben runs Wilimee Wines, a small family-run vineyard in the Macedon Ranges. Their vines were planted in 1982, making them some of the oldest in the Macedon Ranges. The vineyard is next to a sacred quarry, once mined for its greenstone, which was used to make stone axes by the Wurundjeri people. Wilimee Mooring means 'Place of Stone Axe'.
He is also currently the winemaker at Mount Monument (Macedon Ranges). He was a finalist in the 2018/19/20/21 Winemaker Young Gun of Wine competition, winning the inaugural 2021 Vigneron Award.

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