Giaconda vineyard was established by Rick Kinzbrunner, a mechanical engineer who became interested in wine in the early 1970's. Rick then spent the next ten years working in the industry, travelling and following his passion for wine. After a brief stint in New Zealand, he studied at Davis University in California and worked at some of the most respected wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys (namely Stag's Leap, Simi and Matanzas Creek). In Europe he worked for the Moueix group in Bordeaux, co-owner of the fabled Chateau Petrus.
After returning to Australia in 1980 to take up a position as assistant winemaker at Brown Brothers in Milawa, Rick purchased land in the nearby 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. A separate planting of Nebbiolo has also been established close to the Beechworth township at Red Hill. Total area under vines at the Giaconda Estate Vineyard is now 4 hectares. Annual wine production is approximately 2,500 dozen bottles.
There are two reasons you can struggle to write a tasting note. Sometimes you just can't find anything to say. Then there are times when you simply realise that words cannot do justice to what it is you're describing. A failing of the writer, not the wine. The Estate Chardonnay from 2015 is definitely the later scenario. For some, our 2010 Chardonnay reached the summit that Rick had long been climbing. He's found a new mountain, higher than the last, and successfully climbed that also. Finesse with acidity so bright, complex matchstick notes, tightly wound stone fruit and intense mineral notes push the wine to an extraordinary length on the palate. Without hesitation, this wine is potentially the greatest ever Giaconda Chardonnay. Simply jaw dropping. Alcohol: 13.5%; Closure: Screwcap
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