Jasper Hill ‘Lo Stesso’ Fiano
Region: Heathcote , VIC
Winemaker: Ron Laughton and daughter Emily McNally
Established Date: 1982
A Southern Italian white variety, half grown in Georgia’s Paddock and half from commercial Heathcote fruit. Made at Jasper Hill. Partly fermented in French oak barriques giving extra weight, it has rich flavours of crisp green apple and cleansing acidity – delightful power.”
Sommelier’s Recommendation (3-5 lines)
I’ve always been a fan of Jasper Hill wines so when I discovered their fiano I was pretty excited. Delicious notes of crisp red apple jump out the glass at you. Lovely lemon zest on the palate, the wine has a nice weight to it making it a great food wine.
Established by Ron and Elva Laughton, ever since the first vintage in 1982 Jasper Hill has been a small, family business. The 2019 vintage was our 38th. As the vineyards and their two daughters have grown over the years, both Emily and Georgia continue to work within the business. Emily has been passionately growing grapes and making wine alongside her father since 2001, whilst Georgia enjoys doing most of the administrative work. Ron and Elva live amongst the vines on Emily’s Paddock; Emily lives on Georgia’s Paddock vineyard with her husband Nick, daughter Ella and son Nate. Nick is also a highly valued member of the team, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Only time will tell, if the next young generation will continue the wine making tradition of their grandfather and mother.
Viticultural practices are simple: own rooted vines (ie. not grafted on to American rootstocks to confer Phylloxera resistance), no irrigation whatsoever, minimal tillage, natural inter-row mulching leading to broad bio-diversity, very low yields giving depth and intensity to our wines. Only hand pruning of the vines and hand harvesting of the fruit can allow us the human connection to our living soil.