2021 Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Beechworth – Wine making should be subtle and always seek balance – this should never seek to dominate the Terroir or characteristics of any given vintage. Giaconda wines are hand-crafted according to basically a natural wine making process. To them this means indigenous yeasts are employed for fermentation, natural bacteria for Malolactic fermentation, French oak barrel ageing, minimal sulphur additions, and no filtration before bottling.
The winery, barrel maturation cave and bottling facility are all set up for gravity flow. This means the wines are very rarely pumped or manipulated mechanically. Instead they are gently moved by gravity or gas pressure during the entire wine making process.
In the case of Chardonnay, their fruit is hand picked, lightly crushed and then basket pressed – before being transferred to French oak barrels (approximately 30% new) for fermentation and ageing.
The art of gentle, slow seduction. Meyer lemon rind, then complex matchstick sulphides waft in and out as mineral-charged peach and nectarine notes emerge to dominate the aroma. Oak sits back; supporting and coaxing the textural white stone fruits to roll on the palate. Mineral laden acidity then draws citrus infused flavours longer on the palate. This year the fruit asserts itself whilst the artefact shadows – supporting but not interrupting the fruits pristine performance.
Another high-end release of Giaconda chardonnay.
Single Price: $340.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $300.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $3,600.00