November 11th 2016
Giaconda might be the cult Australian wine you’ve never heard of. Amongst critics and specialist collectors it ranks alongside Penfold’s Grange, but its relative rarity makes it less recognised further afield. With a string of excellent vintages this estate’s Chardonnay has a very good claim to call itself the New World’s finest Chardonnay.
Demand regularly outstrips supply making both Giaconda’s Chardonnay and Shiraz scarce in the UK market. The estate in Beechwood, Victoria, is lauded by critics worldwide, and winemaker Rick Kinzbrunner is considered a master of luxurious, intense, and poised Chardonnays.
Their range of Shiraz wines have been described by Jancis Robinson as having: “a relaxed, complex edge and no excess sweetness at all. Not that different from a young Jaboulet Hermitage.” The jewel in their crown is the tiny Estate Shiraz , which is where this grape variety reaches is zenith at Giaconda. It echoes the beauty, complexity and polish of the finest Northern Rhônes. The estate’s 400m elevation ensures the wines are vibrant and fresh, and the gentle winemaking produces outstandingly terroir-driven wines.
James Halliday on Giaconda estate: These wines have a super-cult status and, given the small production, are extremely difficult to find; they are sold chiefly through restaurants and via their website. All have a cosmopolitan edge befitting Rick Kinzbrunner’s international winemaking experience. The Chardonnay is one of Australia’s greatest, and is made and matured in the underground wine cellar hewn out of granite. This permits gravity flow, and a year-round temperature range of 14-15°C, promising even more for the future.
James Halliday on 2014 in Australia: A relatively cool year with reduced yields, but “the overall quality belied these manifold problems. One recurrent comment was the surprising fragrance, flavour and (in the case of red wines) colour achieved at modest alcohol levels.”
Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 £350 per 6 bottles In Bond
The 2014 Chardonnay delivers a more forward nose than the 2013, offering pretty honeysuckle and lime blossom notes with core of lemon curd, white peach, cedar and buttered popcorn. Medium-bodied, it is elegant with nice freshness, a silky texture and minerally character. Drink 2016 – 2022, 95 points Wine Advocate
Giaconda Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2014 £260 per 6 bottles In Bond
We are delighted to offer the Estate Shiraz for the first time. No critic has yet reviewed this wine, but it is equally well-executed. With fine tannins, lifted floral notes and black pepper spice it echoes the beauty, complexity and polish of the finest Norther Rhônes.
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