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Alpha Crucis Fiano 2017 Wine Review

Alpha Crucis Fiano 2017

Alpha Crucis Fiano 2017

South Australia, Australia

Community Score:88/100

Community Reviews: 10

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Price: $21.95

Drink: 2018-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Alpha Crucis

Agent: Azureau Wine Agency

Natalie's Score: 89/100

A lemony, crisp Australian white wine with lots of acidity. Medium-bodied. Pair with shellfish.

This Alpha Crucis Fiano 2017 was reviewed on December 7, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Interesting floral and spice aromas followed by scrumptious lemon, lime zest, white pepper and flinty minerality (scratched match). Just indulge on this juicy and creamy Aussie adoption of one of Southern Italy's famous volcanic wines. Enjoy with creamy lobster ravioli. Tasted Nov. '18 by @sommsosa
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

I enjoyed this voluptuous, creamy, dry white. Accessibly priced. Good value. Medium body, medium acidity. Well balanced. Lemon drop, lemon grass, savoury. Paired well with shrimp and crisp veggie Asian stir fry. Tasted 2017 vintage in Feb 2019. 90 points
Courtney Flood rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

VERY smokey-flinty on the nose, lemon, grapefruit. Very fresh and a tiny bit of creamy. Amazing with a seafood in cream or butter sauce (scallop, shrimp, lobster).
Sharon Lécuyer rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Beautiful bouquet of golden delicious apple and stone fruit. Flavours of lemon on the front end with lime on the finish. Medium-bodied with mouth watering acidity and a long finish.

Pair with lemon chicken, lemon fish/seafood or cream-based pasta dishes.

Tasted November 19, 2018
Greg Hughes rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Just to prove that Australia, or even McLaren Vale, is not a one note region, here we have a delicate and fruity Fiano.
Fiano is historically from Sicily and Campagnia; in places like Avellino's hills.
This version, from a solid producer of new world blockbusterish reds, is a new-world take on Fiano.
It's pale in colour. Almost bone white.
Fresh stone fruit and melon on aromatics. Some florality, which has a cornflower and slight honeyed character.
Delicate and refreshing acidity. The honey doesn't turn out as much on the palate. Much more bright peach, pear, and melon. There is a slight salinity on the finish. Overall, an interesting wine.
Part of Fiano's character is its possible link to the ancient Roman wine grape Vitis Apianum (Api/ape = associated with bees and honey). Fiano is the modern candidate because usually it shares a distinctive honey character in its youth.
This one has a whiff of it, but tends towards being ultra fruity instead.
By excluding oxygen in winemaking preserves the fruit, but may have toned down Fiano's other aromatic qualities.
That being said, it is unique and beautiful. Put this wine with perhaps some crab cakes or your favourite sushi.
Luc Delorme rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

With its pleasingly aromatic nose, this wine is reminiscent of a Viognier or Gewurz on the nose. The floral and tropical flavours persist on the palate, but are accompanied by a level of acidity that is generally not found in an aromatic wine.

In a sense, this is the best of both worlds; the acidity expands the pairing options of this wine, while its flavour will pair up with dishes on the sweeter side. Coconut shrimp, meet you new best friend.
Andrea Shapiro rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Citrus with wet stones, graphite and olive brine elements on the nose. On the palate splashes of white grapefruit and spice at the end. Pair with light cheese, olive tapenade or cold mixed seafood salad. 88 points - tasted November 2018
Jennifer Carter rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review:

Not a very pronounced nose and very pale. Tastes of lemon, fresh green peas, fresh fennel and olive brine. A little light in body. Good acidity.
Kristin Perrin rated this wine as 83/100 with the following review:

Nose: Waxy, sweet peas, lanolin, minerally, pear, lime notes
Palate: Lemon-lime, oily mouthfeel, more mineral notes, medium bodied, white pepper spice, dry finish
Pair with: rich buttery seafood dishes, creamy poultry & pasta dishes

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