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    34
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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

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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In Australia, we have a number of candidates for the very best Chardonnay made here, but there is never a discussion where Giaconda is not very high on the list (usually top). Older examples are a bit of the hen’s teeth stuff and the legendary bottle is the 1996. Crawl over broken glass to get it, if you have the chance. At a lunch early this year with some friends, I pulled out the 1998, fingers crossed for good things but, remembering that at this stage they were still under cork and so we are afflicted by the lottery of dodgy tree bark, that was more in hope than expectation. Some days, you get lucky. The wine was still vibrantly alive. Beautifully complex with a sweet core of citrus, nuts and orange rind. Impressive length, finely balanced. Anyone ever doubting Aussie Chardy can age can rest assured. It was served, blind, with top examples of white Burgundy and Chablis and left them in the dust. And it is one of those wines that is still being referenced in subsequent lunches. That must count for something.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Giaconda Chardonnay 1998  ( Giaconda Vineyard )

In Australia, we have a number of candidates for the very best Chardonnay made here, but there is never a discussion where Giaconda is not very high on the list (usually top). Older examples are a bit of the hen’s teeth stuff and the legendary bottle is the 1996. Crawl over broken glass to get it, if you have the chance. At a lunch early this year with some friends, I pulled out the 1998, fingers crossed for good things but, remembering that at this stage they were still under cork and so we are afflicted by the lottery of dodgy tree bark, that was more in hope than expectation. Some days, you get lucky. The wine was still vibrantly alive. Beautifully complex with a sweet core of citrus, nuts and orange rind. Impressive length, finely balanced. Anyone ever doubting Aussie Chardy can age can rest assured. It was served, blind, with top examples of white Burgundy and Chablis and left them in the dust. And it is one of those wines that is still being referenced in subsequent lunches. That must count for something.

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