One of Victoria’s most brilliant wineries, Giaconda is fashioning hand-crafted, singular wines that are not only gorgeous to smell and taste, but innovative in both their blends and stylistic orientations. They combine the elegance and complexity of Europe, with the sensationally ripe fruit of Australia. The Giaconda vineyard was established by Rick Kinzbrunner, a mechanical engineer who became interested in wine in the early 1970's and spent the next ten years traveling to wine-growing areas overseas learning as much as possible. 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 a 'stage' with the Moueix group, co-owner of the fabled Chateau Petrus. At an altitude of 400 metres (1330 feet) the site, which is a south facing slope so that the vines do not receive the direct impact of the sun's rays, is relatively cool. It is in a small valley which benefits from a light breeze much of the time; useful in controlling disease. The wines have been keenly received by winemakers, retailers and enthusiasts alike. The wine press has accorded them many accolades and placed them at or near the top in a number of masked tastings.
Nose of cedar and soft black fruits. Obvious Cabernet, but the Merlot and Cabernet Franc portion gives a softer fruit overlay. Palate is extremely rich, quite soft but very long with supple acidity, powerful tannins and a touch of toasty oak. Classic Giaconda Cabernet.
Racy yet very textural. Powerful nose with an interesting combination of fruit and mineral whilst the palate has extreme impact and focus. Signature Giaconda flavours of meal and hazelnut, great length and balance. This is all about concentration with great finesse. Don't miss this as it should turn out to be a real classic.
Nose has powerful notes of cedar with hints of Cabernet leaf - though not at all in the green spectrum. Very tight structure with gripping tannin is a feature of the palate. This is a real thoroughbred - long and composed. Although it will be somewhat approachable when young due to its impeccable balance, this one will easily go the long haul.
Powerful and savoury; tightly coiled with fine savoury tannins and acidity working in with the graphite characters to produce a tensile wine. An explosion of flavours at the end; black cherry, pepper, smoked meats and briar notes concluding with a lone dry savoury finish.
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