What can I say, the past two years have delivered us some truly amazing results from some of Australia's most well respected wine writers. The 2010 and 2011 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay vintages will surely be regarded as some of Giaconda's best Chardonnay to date:
Best Chardonnay - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2014
Wine of the year - Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Wine of the year - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013
Best Chardonnay - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013
Wine of the year - Phillip Rich, Financial Review Magazine 2012
Wine writer James Halliday has assessed the 2011 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay as being "...eerily like a Grand Cru White Burgundy." Well this year you have the opportunity to try our next vintage for half the price of any comparable White Burgundy - in my opinion! This years wine release is limited and will be closed at the end of November so make sure you do not miss the opportunity.
After using screwcaps since 2004, I am more than happy with the results we have achieved for Chardonnay in particular. This coupled with an almost complete lack of demand for cork closure means we will no longer be offering cork for Chardonnay orders.
With all this emphasis on Chardonnay our red wines have been unduly left in the shade! The 2012 and 2013 vintages have given us exceptional reds, I can assure you of that. For more details please refer to the tasting notes for each individual wine. I have decided to offer some specially priced cases of Shiraz and Nebbiolo - to introduce more of our loyal clients to these outstanding Giaconda reds.
2012 and 2013 will certainly turn out to be classic vintages for Giaconda Shiraz and Pinot Noir. These are wines of great power, complexity and elegance. Our latest releases of Nebbiolo are also looking superb, a true embodiment of this variety. Pinot Noir will not be included in the special case offers (mentioned above) as our production is still very small for this variety.
Finally, I'd like to update you on progress at our exciting new 'Red Hill Nebbiolo' vineyard site located in Beechworth. I will transition to making our Nebbiolo from this new site in the coming years. The vines are growing exceptionally well and we expect to sample the first small crop of fruit this year.
Regards Rick Kinzbrunner
"This challenges Giaconda’s Chardonnay for top ranking in the stable; it has an utterly seductive mouthfeel..." James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine
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