Warner Vineyard Shiraz, Giaconda, 75cl
Giaconda is one of Australia’s most famous names. The Beechworth winery was established by Rick Kinzbrunner in 1982. A mechanical engineer by training, he became interested in wine in the early 1970s and spent the next 10 years traveling to wine-growing regions to learn as much as possible.
Giaconda is best known for its Chardonnay, but also produces Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The wines here are hand-crafted by Rick and his son Nathan, who do everything themselves and only take on help at harvest. Some of the most desirable wines in Australia, and indeed the world, Giaconda’s wines are in regrettably short supply, as they only produce 30 to 40,000 bottles a year.
Medium to deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2013 Shiraz Warner Vineyard reveals a gorgeous nose of ripe cherries, mulberries and plums with hints of lavender, Provence herbs, Bovril and pepper plus a touch of baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, it has tons of fruit layers and firm yet approachable rounded tannins, with plenty of freshness and great length."