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Rick Kinzbrunner’s ethereal Giaconda Chardonnay has emerged as one of Australia’s great wines capturing the soul of the Beechworth landcape and the character of an exceptional vineyard site. The low yielding vines are planted – unusually on south facing slopes to avoid the full impact of the sun. The lean mineralized granitic loams over decomposed gravel and clay allow both “sustained water release” and naturally regulated vines. Astonishing mastery of “barrel work” brings an extra dimension to his Chardonnay. The wines are very complex with fresh lemon curd, malty chestnut lanolin aromas and flavours. The creamy structure, mineral notes and ‘al dente’ grip on the palate give plenty of texture and weight. 2003 was not made because of “bushfire smoke damage".


Top Vintages 2012, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997,1996, 1994, 1991, 1990 

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Medium, Yellow and Bright


Long, Flavorful and Lingering


Toasty, Mineral, Buttery, Citrus and Tropical fruits


Intense, Ripe, Seductive and Generous


High in Acidity, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Fresh, Fruity and Dry


Well made and Fine

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Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is yellow, and looking bright and medium. On the nose it is open, intense, ripe, seductive, generous, rich and refined. The taste is fresh, harmonious, fruity, fragrant, vivid, refined, toasty, and dry, and high in acidity, medium-bodied, with balanced, well-structured, well-integrated, good texture structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has tropical fruits, mineral, toasty, buttery and citrus flavours. The finish is long, lingering, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is fine and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-5 years and decant at least 45min before tasting.
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