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.
Screwcap. 2010 Barrel tasting notes: A highly expressive nose of violets and graphite, with a wild briar character. This is the first Giaconda Shiraz with a small Viognier component - which adds an interesting extra dimension. It has an elegant structure but still retains its latent power. An ethereal palate and refined tannins. Only the second release of the Estate Shiraz, it is showing great promise and has developed outstanding depth while still holding great refinement. 2011 Barrel tasting notes: A melange of red fruits, briar, pepper and spice, very aromatic and shows great potential. Fine taut and long with Rhone like flavours, finishing with the evident fine balanced tannins extending the palate. I feel this wine will develop great finely structured depth. Rick Kinzbrunner
Complex and structured, this spicy, smoky shiraz marries dark, meaty black and red berry fruits with tight, fine-grained savoury oak and a very fine but robust backbone. Scented with dark flowers, black pepper and minerals, it’s deeply layered and reductive, finishing with a lingering presence of fruit and a hint of graphite. From relatively young vines, it just lacks the genuine depth of fruit it will doubtless acquire in future vintages. Rating: 18.2 Points; Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual