2011 GIACONDA NEBBIOLOGiaconda
*6 bottle minimum order* - $71.10 per bottle
Grape: Nebbiolo 100%
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: Crimson to brick red in colour. A wine of the soul; earthy, ferrous notes with red cherries and the sweet scent of fresh roses and violets. The palate is supple, full and yet it dances lightly on its toes. The tannin structure is long and fine. What impresses most is its undefinable character - simply it tastes vinous, serious and sophisticated. Combining fruit depth with beautifully crafted tannins. This wine culminates in a long, savoury and hedonistic flourish.
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%