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For the third consecutive year, cool conditions prevailed in McLaren Vale. This had a number of implications for the Bondars, not least because—as with most growers in the region—yields were significantly down. To offset the shortfall, Andre and Selina cast their Fiano net a little wider than the usual Lacey Vineyard this year, sourcing fruit from two additional sites in the Whites Valley in southern McLaren Vale. The area has rocky clay soils and enjoys a moderating marine influence. Fiano grown here is prized for its thick skins and high natural acidity.
All three parcels were picked in the second week of March, two weeks later than the norm. After a short spell on skins, the fruit was pressed gently into old oak and stainless steel. The wine remained on light lees until June before blending and bottling. The cool conditions and long hang time have led to a bright, fresh and deliciously textured white in 2023. It’s another livewire, made to accompany warm nights and smoky barbequed fish.
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