GIACONDA Nantua Les Deux Cabernet Sauvignon, Beechworth
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Nebbiolo.
'Perfectly ripe fruit provides the melody while the bass notes come from tannins that underpin this wine. A new age Cabernet…'
– Rick Kinzbrunner
A clear expression of the complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon: cedar, violets, dark red and black fruits, cold tea and a faint whiff of boot polish. This wine is encased in a fine mesh of elegant, savoury tannins boosted by the small addition of Nebbiolo. Perfectly ripe fruit provides the melody while the bass notes come from tannins that underpin this wine. A new age Cabernet that is immediately appealing though also built for the longer term. Rick Kinzbrunner, winemaker.
Alcohol: 13.8%. Screw-cap. Cellaring: 5-10+ years. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Nebbiolo, all from Beechworth GI.
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.