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
This second release of Cabernet Sauvignon comes from an excellent neighbouring (Beechworth) site planted on ancient decomposed granite, loam and clay soils that are typical of the local area. These soils are ideal for wine quality as they provide good drainage and are high in mineral content without being too rich.
A deliciously approachable and elegant Cabernet that will reward cellaring. This wine showcases aromas of cassis, violets, a touch of Cabernet leaf and subtle cedar notes in the shadows. A supple wine with juicy, redcurrant fruits ensconced in a textural, savoury body of fine tannins augmented by perfectly balanced acidity. A timely reminder that Cabernet can be both beguiling and elegant in its youth. Cellaring:5-10+ years.
Rick Kinzbrunner, Giaconda, September 2018
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.