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2013 Giaconda Chardonnay Estate Vineyard

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2013 Giaconda Chardonnay Estate Vineyard

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml


Tasting Notes:

Bright straw-green; has the hallmark faintly funky bouquet, and the effortlessly silky, immaculately balanced, and long palate for which Giaconda is rightly revered. No one fruit flavour dominates, all drawn into the spell of the palate, as is the oak. It's perfectly possible to deconstruct a wine such as this, and equally easy to label that process sacrilege. Just revel in its harmony.

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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. Rick’s son Nathan Kinzbrunner also works full time at Giaconda and has done so since the 2007 vintage. His responsibilities include Assistant Winemaker and General Business Manager.