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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