Slight hint of struck match complimenting hazelnut and peach notes infused with lemon zest and ginger. The palate is taut and compact with a strong mineral edge drawing out white peach fruit. A powerful and assertive example of chardonnay that combines multifaceted flavours with latent power. The finish is compelling: minerality and acidity combine to a rapier sharp finish.
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Giaconda Estate Chardonnay
Award winning cult Australian Chardonnay.
99 points – James Halliday 2020
Grape variety – Chardonnay
Region – Beechworth
Vintage – 2019
Winery – Giaconda
Profile – medium bodied, bright, citrus, flinty
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There are few names in Australian wine as revered as those of Giaconda and its founder/owner, Rick Kinzbrunner. After returning to Australia in 1980, Rick purchased land in the Beechworth wine region – at the foothills of the beautiful North-East Victorian Alps. Planting commenced in 1982 and the property is now devoted solely to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz all of which are now organically certified.
At an altitude of 400+ metres (1,312 feet) the site and climate are influenced by the surrounding alpine valleys. Nights are generally cool with days being fairly warm, providing ideal conditions for slow ripening. The soil is 450 million year old granitic loam over decomposed gravel and clay. The clay is important in allowing sustained water-release to the vine roots; while the soil, being not too rich, is ideal for wine quality. Giaconda wines are hand-crafted according to basically a natural wine making process. this means indigenous yeasts are employed for fermentation, natural bacteria for Malolactic fermentation, French oak barrel ageing, minimal sulphur additions, and no filtration before bottling.
A lover of great Burgundy, Kinzbrunner is best-known for his incredibly powerful Chardonnay, with Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo not far behind. His signature winemaking style shows a rare combination of power and finesse. Many believe the Giaconda Estate Chardonnay to be one of the few New World Chardonnays that can compare to the great Crus of Burgundy. Over the years, Rick has been awarded Australian Winemaker of the year and placed in Decanter’s top 10 white wine makers. Total production is 2500 bottles, which is mostly sold through their mailing list.
Accolades & Awards
99 points – James Suckling.
99 points – James Halliday.