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. Under the radar and rearley seen is his exceptional Pinot Noir. Combine red fruits of cherry and raspberry with subtle whole-bunch notes and the fresh morning perfume of damp rose petals, it’s an orchestra of aromas and flavours. Clean and lingering on the palate, yet round and textural whilst exhibiting a light frame supported by fine savoury tannins. An essay in controlled power, complexity and authenticity – one of the best expressions of pinot we have achieved at Giaconda so far, comparable to some of the greats from ‘89, 92 and 95.
Tasted at both the portfolio tasting in June and again, blind, at the Decanter Panel tasting on Australian Pinot Noirs in July 2019. This was one of my wines of the day. Complex to a degree that few, if any, other Australian Pinots can achieve, savoury and with pliant acidity this is absolutely delicious. Will age well over the next decade but it certainly doesn’t need it.