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Larry Cherubino is a dynamo in the esteemed Western Australian wine industry, but considers himself a farmer more than anything else. He was raised in the Swan Valley in a family of dairy farmers and whilst this didn’t hold any real attraction (too many early mornings you see), a life on the land was almost inevitable. Nearing the end of studies, he timidly admits, his mum got him some part time work at Houghton as a cellar hand. A degree in agriculture was augmented with another major in viticulture before more studies at Roseworthy in Adelaide. After very successful roles in small and large producers locally and abroad, Larry set up his own and the first release of own label Frankland River wine was in 2005. Larry continues to display his versatility and experience in a number of wine ranges all with careful attention to clonal selection and site suitability. The ranges show care and insight but are very different views of the same product. Stalwart Margaret River varieties compare with experimental varieties with natural wine making and international varieties in some exceptional sites from Porongarup in the east to Pemberton. And when he’s worked twenty four hours each day on his own wine, he consults for other big names in the Western Australian wine scene. He’s an energetic winemaker of some standing and is now producing some of Australia’s best. We look forward to more.
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The 2014 Laissez Faire Fiano from Frankland River is a wonderful interpretation of an Italian classic. Ripe lemon and lime citrus fruit combine with the smoky note of a fine Fiano d’Avellino with good weight and a waxy texture, almost reminiscent of Semillon. Don’t be fooled though, this is not a heavy, rich style of Fiano, it is utterly refreshing, mineral and pure with a grapefruit bitterness running through the back of the palate and a delicate touch of almond on the long finish. This is a superb wine with impressive precision, and it is utterly delicious.
Larry Cherubino is something of a star in Western Australian winemaking. With an impressive portfolio behind him, he set up his own range of wines in 2005, focusing particularly on fruit sourced from the Great Southern and its sub-regions of Porongurup and Frankland River. Laissez Faire is his label dedicated to natural wines, made from grapes from vineyards with low density plantings or dry-grown bush vines and created to express a true sense of place. Catriona Felstead MW - Wine Buyer
Bottle 6 x 75cl33cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl59cs