Bridge Pa is an exciting sub-region on the western side of the Heretaunga plains in Hawkes Bay. Cooler than its more famous neighbour – the Gimblett Gravels – it is known for the production of exceptional red and white wines.
Fiano’s established home is Campania in Southwest Italy, where great examples are revered for style somewhere between a stunning Chardonnay and a dry Riesling. Compared to other grapes, it is low-yielding and thus often overlooked by commercial wineries. However it is well worth the work, showing delicate floral and spice aromas that mellow and honey over time, giving way to great texture and impressive acidity.
This noble variety seems to have found its home at the stunning Howell Family vineyard, off Maraekakaho Road in Bridge Pa – one of a handful of Fiano plantings in New Zealand.
White floral, stonefruit, lemon zest and hint of brioche on the nose. On the palate these flavours merge with a touch of marmalade and cedar. A rich, textured, ripe wine with a zesty fresh finish. 900 bottles made.