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Producer: Giaconda

Grape: Nebbiolo 100%

Pronunciation: ‘nebbi-oh-lo’

Region: Beechworth, Victoria

Zone: Multi Regional, Beechworth

Producer Info: It’s in the region of Beechworth, located northeast of Melbourne, in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. Giaconda is the key winery responsible for putting Beechworth on the wine map. Mechanical engineer Rick Kinzbrunner first planted vines here in 1982, and these vines were added to gradually over the following years. Recent plantings have taken the total up to 6 hectares, but demand still far outstrips supply for these sought-after wines. Debut vintage was 1985, released in 1987. Rick Kinbzbrunner first became interested in wine in the early 1970s, and he studied wine in California before working at wineries such as Stag’s Leap and Matanzas Creek. He returned to Australia in 1980 as assistant winemaker at Brown Brothers, and planted his first vines two years later.

Tasting note: In typical Nebbiolo fashion this wine takes time to open and to reveal its true colours; a vibrant robe, not too dark and with a typical brick hue around the edges. The nose blossoms with lots of tar and exotic spice but still shows those intriguing hints of rose petal. The palate is extremely complex, a melange of delicacy and great power at the same time. Ethereal yet mouth filling, it has a barely hidden richness with a rather more obvious long drawn-out tannic finish and great acidity. Decanting is recommended.

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: shale and granitic clay soils

Production: The inspiration for this wine is very much traditionalist Barolo. The fruit is predominantly de-stemmed and crushed, with an extended maceration (up to 6 weeks) and long ageing in neutral oak – 1,600 litre wooden botti tank (approx 3 years). We employ a natural wine making process; to us this means indigenous yeasts for fermentation, full malolactic fermentation, minimal sulphur additions, and no filtration or fining before bottling.

Alcohol (%) 13.8%