GIACONDA Nantua Les Deux Shiraz, Beechworth
90% Warner Vineyard Shiraz, 10% Estate Pinot Noir.
'Subtle and inviting, fine and savoury… showcases a myriad spice characters, with the Pinot Noir adding real beauty.'
– Rick Kinzbrunner
A moreish wine, destined to be consumed over the next few years (from 2017). Combines white pepper, red cherry fruit and raspberries with briary stem notes and seductive floral overtones. The impact of this wine is both subtle yet inviting. Medium bodied, with a savoury palate, its success lies in its chameleon nature. Fine and savoury, it showcases a myriad of spice characters with a small component of Pinot Noir adding beauty. Fleet of foot, this is one for those Pinot lovers willing to try their hand with Shiraz. Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda).
Alcohol: 13.8%. Screw-cap. Cellaring: 3-7+ years. 90% Warner Vineyard Shiraz, 10% Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Located in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, Beechworth is a small cool climate region with high continentality. The vineyards enjoy a large number of sunshine hours and are generally planted at altitudes of 400m. A variety of soil types are found with the two dominant ones being ancient sandstone gravel and clay and granitic loams over decomposed gravels and clays. While north or north-easterly slopes are generally favoured, the best sites are located away from higher altitude, cold-air drainage channels, with the risk of frost high in both spring and autumn. Restricted water availability means most vineyards are dry-grown. A region of small boutique producers, Beechworth is best known for premium Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir, although plantings of Italian varieties including Sangiovese and Nebbiolo also show great promise.