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.
Compelling already, the 2015 Estate Shiraz leaves no question unanswered as to its heritage. Briar, a touch of dill, black pepper, cinnamon, wood spice and dry twigs are working their magic here. Most compelling is the structure; taut, fine tannins push the raspberry fruit, whilst bright acidity enlivens the fruit, adding freshness and vitality. All the elements for another powerful, complex Estate Shiraz are present. Time in barrel will allow them to emerge into a harmonious entity where the structural elements quietly support the perfectly ripe and complex fruit notes [barrel tastings]. Alcohol: 13.5%; Closure: Cork
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