2022 Giaconda Estate Chardonnay

99 Points James Halliday
Out of stock

Due to overwhelming demand, this Chardonnay can only be ordered in one of the fixed Giaconda mixed packs. It appears here as "out of stock" because the usual single and mixed-6 purchasing is not available for this product. Stocks are extremely limited!

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The 2021 vintage of this wine was the first ever Australian white wine to receive a 100 point score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate! A powerhouse Chardonnay from a premium Australian producer made with meticulous care on a now legendary family estate. This icon of Australian white wine is deep, gently rich, and densely packed with floral and mineral complexities. Now widely regarded as the finest Chardonnay in Australia, the entire allocation there sold out in 5 minutes this year! An extraordinary Chardonnay to decant now or cellar for some time. Volumes are very low!

$210.00 in mixed 6+ or $235.00 per bottle



Its Origins

Giaconda vineyard was established by Rick Kinzbrunner, a mechanical engineer who became interested in wine in the early 1970's. Rick then spent the next ten years working in the industry, travelling and following his passion for wine. After a brief stint in New Zealand, he studied at Davis University in California and worked at some of the most respected wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys (namely Stag's Leap, Simi and Matanzas Creek). In Europe he worked for the Moueix group in Bordeaux, co-owner of the fabled Chateau Petrus. After returning to Australia in 1980 to take up a position as assistant winemaker at Brown Brothers in Milawa, Rick purchased land in the nearby Beechworth wine region - at the foothills of the beautiful North-East Victorian Alps. Planting commenced in 1982 and the property is now devoted solely to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. A separate planting of Nebbiolo has also been established close to the Beechworth township at Red Hill. Total area under vines at the Giaconda Estate Vineyard is now 4 hectares. Annual wine production is approximately 2,500 dozen bottles. Rick’s son Nathan Kinzbrunner also works full time at Giaconda and has done so since the 2007 vintage. Since 2018 we are now fully certified organic by the Bio Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI).

What The Critics Say

99/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, Jeni Port

"An utterly beguiling wine of deep complexity and stunning freshness. Vintage '22 brought on one of the latest harvests ever for the maker, and the cool season and long hang time has worked a special kind of magic. The scent demands your attention, with jasmine, citrus blossom, grapefruit flesh, nectarine, peach custard, cashew and buttered toast. Seamless entry, the wine glides across a richly detailed palate, textural and luxurious in flavour, with a pinch of bright quince-led spice to close. Filigree fine acidity brings a crystal clarity and freshness. A chardonnay masterclass from the masters." Drink 2024 - 2038

98/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Erin Larkin

"The 2022 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay follows hot on the heels of the perfect 2021 release, and in doing so, it has big boots to fill. Aromatically, the wine leads, as all Giaconda Chardonnay's do, with white flowers and notions of campfire and charred gum leaves, cracked white peppercorns and white peach, salt and caper brine. Crushed and salted nuts, enoki mushroom, shaved fennel, torched pink grapefruit ... the cavalcade of flavors march on across the palate. In this season, the wine is altogether more quietly nuanced and placid than the sleek, powerfully focused 2021 vintage. However, in so saying, this wine is balanced and fine, somewhat less overtly reductive (although still imbued with that salivating characteristic), populated by softer-spoken fruit and yet no less sapid or palate staining. It is in the mouth that the pedigree of the wine comes to the fore. The chalky texture and the penetrating intensity of flavor in combination are what make this wine so great, as I see it, and the 2022 vintage provides a gentle framework within which the wine exists. This is a gorgeous, elegant, precise and detailed release of this magnificent wine. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap." Drink 2024 - 2042

97+/100 The Wine Front, Gary Walsh

"I have the current releases of Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Shiraz to review, which is nice. But here we have the Big Boy of Beechworth, the wine that people lose their minds over. Of course, they don’t send these wines in for review, but as I always say “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”. This is such a powerful wine. It has plenty of struck match, but also white peach and nectarine, it fairly drips with white fruit richness, cashew and spice, aniseed, vanilla, and yeah, quite a bit of snuffed candle. It’s glossy and viscous, but has a superb cut of limey acidity, so much tang and juiciness to white fleshed fruit, such bite and intensity, and more of that spiced cashew flavour on a finish of outstanding length. Such concentration and vigour. It’s pretty much unlike most Australian Chardonnay wines, because it’s just so bold and commanding. Insane. It’s quite something." Drink 2025 - 2036+

Variety Chardonnay
Region Victoria
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.50%
Maturity 2024 - 2042

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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