Giaconda Tasting (PWS Melbourne): And I thought the Nantua was good. This was more than a notch or two above. Intense aromas of stone fruit and spicy oak. Complex and intense wine that somehow manages to remain completely light on its feet thanks to the oak being fully absorbed by the fruit intensity and acid. Terrific wine. Should age very well.
The 2010 Giaconda Chardonnay has been receiving buckets full of praise from the Australian wine literati. I found it powerful, deep and intense on both nose and palate. It's clearly full bodied, offering up generous flavours of white peach, grapefruit, nuts, aniseed/liquorice and a slightly overbearing amount of smokiness (I suspect this will integrate over time). Although I wouldn't call it racy, there are ample acids which are quite approachable and there is some minerality to balance the fruit flavours. It's round on the palate and finishes quite long. A great wine that should improve over the next decade.
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