There are few names in Australian wine as revered as those of Giaconda and its founder Rick Kinzbrunner. Since 1982, Rick has dedicated himself to the pursuit of vinous excellence in the Beechworth region.
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 his to be one of the few 'new world' Chardonnays that can compare to the great whites of Burgundy.
The 2019 Giaconda Estate Chardonnay is another sublime example of Beechworth Chardonnay that is already attracting plenty of attention. With only very limited stocks remaining - this will sell out quickly.
"95+ Points. Ah, Giaconda Chardonnay: the one that goes to eleven. Full golden colour. Lots of struck match, bacon, and spicy oak, wheat germ, aniseed, tangerine and peel. Brassy golden fruit – sort of red apple, peach and mixed citrus. And SO intense, it’s almost painful to drink (at least as at now). Acidity is very firm running hard through a gently viscous glossiness. Flinty texture and chalky grip is on offer too. Long spicy finish of browned butter and toasted lime. It does not lack complexity, and it does not lack power, though there’s arguably too much of everything to make it pleasant drinking now. A few more years in bottle should see it purring. Tasted: May21 13.5% alc. Screwcap Drink: 2023 - 2028+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
"The art of gentle, slow seduction. Meyer lemon rind, then complex matchstick sulphides waft in and out as mineral-charged peach and nectarine notes emerge to dominate the aroma. Oak sits back; supporting and coaxing the textural white stone fruits to roll on the palate. Mineral laden acidity then draws citrus infused flavours longer on the palate. This year the fruit asserts itself whilst the artefact shadows - supporting but not interrupting the fruits pristine performance. Another high-end release of Giaconda chardonnay. Alcohol: 13.5% Closure: Screw cap Cellaring: 3-15 years" - Giaconda.
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