At Giaconda Rick Kinzbrunner has created arguably Australia's greatest Chardonnay, and is making a mean fist at its most sensual, aromatic Shiraz (Syrah) and is on the road to make top Nebbiolo. His focus and determination to benchmark himself against the very best wines of the world is compelling.
2016 was an early vintage due to a warmer winter and spring and has delivered wines with richness and plenty of character. This is certainly the richest red wine Rick's made, with great tannin structure that is well integrated with a long finish. Planted in 2002, these vines are finally hitting their straps!
Lifted, enticing and highly satisfying. A genial welcoming impact of lifted red to darker fruits laced with notes of clove, musk, and baked beetroot, underscored by a beguiling graphite minerality. A generous, rich and rounded palate. This has volume, showing seductive red plum fruit with a spicy edge underpinned by moreish powder fine tannins, voluptuous and silky on one level, savoury and mineral on another level.
The Syrah is made with a combination of whole bunch and de-stemmed, crushed fruit that is transferred to large concrete tanks for fermentation. These wines remain on skins for an extended period to develop softer, finer tannins and more complexity; before being basket pressed and transferred to French oak barrels (up to 40% new in some cases) for ageing.
Origin: Beechworth / Victoria / Australia