White, Ready, but will keep

2008 Chardonnay, Giaconda

2008 Chardonnay, Giaconda

White | Ready, but will keep | Giaconda Vineyard | Code:  952551 | 2008 | Australia > Victoria > Beechworth | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol

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WA

97/100

OTHER - Fabulous intensity, minerally and beautiful balance: worth the expense.
(Rose Murray Brown, Aussie rules, The Scotsman, 26th February 2011)

WA - This 2008 Chardonnay has incredibly intense aromas of peach blossom, golden delicious apple, pineapple, meal, struck match, ginger shortbread, fennel seed and white pepper going into some pleasantly funky aromas with some air. The medium to full-bodied palate is crisp, very tight and very concentrated with a very long finish giving some minerality. In short, this is a beautiful wine. I tried this one from screwcap and cork – the cork is just a shade more open at the moment, but there’s not much difference.

If not Australia’s greatest dry white wine, Giaconda’s Chardonnay is certainly right up there. The grapes come from a small (4 hectare) patch of silicified soil (unique to this area) just in front of the winery. In terms of production, there are no shortcuts. Receiving 100% barrel fermentation, natural yeasts and full malo-lactic, the wine spends just under 2 years in barrel, 1/3 new wood. It is left on its lees for 2 years, but if necessary some barrels are racked.
(Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate # 189 - Jun 2010)

The Producer

Giaconda Vineyard

Giaconda Vineyard

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.

Giaconda Vineyard and Winery is situated nine kilometers southwest of Beechworth on the Wangaratta Road in Northeastern Victoria, in the foothills and within sight of the Victorian Alps. The winery overlooks the vineyard and is constructed of local granite blocks and hand-made bricks.

Rick was the first to establish a vineyard of any consequence in Beechworth when he first planted in 1982. Now there is a real buzz for the region while his wines are counted among Australia’s very finest

The wines are hand-crafted; in the case of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using traditional Burgundian methods, and the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc according to classical Bordeaux techniques including long maceration. Only top quality French oak is employed.

The Grape

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

The Region

Beechworth

The Beechworth wine region lies at the foothills of an ancient volcano, on mineral-rich soils, overlaid with granite boulders and outcrops. This Victorian Alps outpost. specialises in the cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties.

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