expert reviews about
2011 Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz
From a cool year comes this amazing wine. Amazing, peppery and vivid with ripe black fruits, and lovely chalky minerality. The palate is beautifully fresh and focused with lovely pure black cherry and raspberry fruit, as well as some fine, spicy, mineral grip. Amazing precision here.
An outstanding Beechworth Shiraz from the difficult 2011 vintage. Red berry, herb, peppercorn and cedar aromas haven't quite the usual richness, but the silky palate is intense and balanced by fine, soft tannins carrying a long, gentle finish.
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2011 Warner Vineyard Shiraz possesses an extraordinary nose of warm blackberries, mulberries and bacon with suggestions of Sichuan pepper, Chinese five spice, soy and cigar boxes. Medium-bodied and exquisitely elegant in the mouth, it has a great backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins and crisp acid cutting through the intense black fruit and spice flavors before finishing very long.2015 - 2025Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Lean, greenish but likely to evolve slowly towards a fine grained, restrained style reflective of the season. Its spicy, musky fragrance of red plums, cranberries, raspberries and dusty, cedary oak reveals scents of white pepper and dried herbs, clove and cinnamon, mint and forest floor. Fine and reserved, with a delicate forward presence of small red and black berries backed by a chalky spine, it finishes with good but not great length, with a slightly sappy and herbal edge.The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Elegant and tightly focused, this dusty, faintly herbal shiraz has the length and structure to flesh out nicely. Its retrained smoky and floral bouquet of dark berries, cherries, plums and cedar/chocolate oak is lifted by a meaty presence of animal hide and ethereal, musky spices. Long and supple, with a retrained presence of vibrant, faintly sour-edged fruit, it finishes with a gentle extract, fresh acids and a lingering fruitfulness.The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Tasted under both cork and screwcap seal at a retrospective of Giaconda wines held in early 2017.
More black pepper here. Woodsmoke. Black cherry. Not a huge wine but it begs the word statuesque. Perfectly formed, supple tannin. If you wanted to know what Giaconda Shiraz is all about, this would be a great place to start. Cork-sealed likewise. Super Shiraz.2016 - 2023+
Deep garnet-purple in colour. The 2010 Warner Vineyard Shiraz presents a wonderfully fragrant and complex nose of warm blackberries, wild blueberries and black raspberries with hints of pepper, dried Provencal herbs, cloves, aniseed, char-grilled meat and loam. Medium-bodied, the palate is both elegantly constructed and intense, with loads of black and red fruit flavour layers and a pleasant earthy and herbal streak. It is all framed by medium to firm rounded tannins as well as crisp acid and finishes with great persistence.2014 - 2024+Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Reflective of a warmer, riper season, this brooding shiraz is going to need plenty of time. Its peppery, spicy bouquet of deep red and black fruits, dark chocolate and gamey, cedary oak reveals hints of musk, blueberries and briar. Backed by powerful, fine-grained savoury oak, it's medium to full-bodied but densely packed with fruit and textural elements. Long and firm, still rather closed, it slowly reveals the extent of its length and depth, finishing meaty and savoury, but with a profound, lingering core of black and red fruits still tightly wound around its fine, grainy tannins.The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Rick Kinzbrunner's property in Beechworth is home to some of the most exciting wines in Australia including terrific pinot noir, shiraz from a number of local sites and Australia's greatest chardonnay. Out of the three shiraz wines, the Warner Vineyard remains our favourite; it's compact, dark, inky and intense with smells of macerated plums, ground coffee, smoked meat, spice and earth. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of sweet-berried fruit, spice and delicious mineral texture. Drink it with a butterflied leg of lamb off the barbecue.Matt Skinner's Wine Guide 2011
This is the more fragrant and showy of the pair of '08 shiraz wines from Giaconda. Showing rich, meaty complexity, it needs plenty of air to unfurl and open up. Cinnamon-dusted game meats, dark fruits and meaty oak all roll out. The palate has plenty of flesh, with neatly defined tannins, dense and memorable, tangy acid crunch and plenty of plum and cherry-pip flavour; graphite to close.The Good Wine Guide 2011
Powerful, meaty and savoury, this substantial, complex and deeply layered shiraz slowly unfolds its concentrated expression of blackberry, blueberry, dark plum and cassis like flavour beneath a spicy, musky perfume of cracked pepper, smoked meats and cinnamon. It steadily becomes more pungent, opulent and accessible, as its firm, chalky palate yields more fruit sweetness and depth with aeration. Exceptionally long and complete — it's a statement of sophisticated winemaking intent. And it needs time!Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Stunning soil- and site-driven purity, graphite and dark minerals, some smoke, a little tar; this is a savoury and complex shiraz with intense dried dark plum - sanguine almost. Starts out supple and builds meaty complexity as plum flavours unfurl, minerals and spice, the tannins spiral through the finish. Striking and soulful.Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Fine and focused black fruits; excellent length, finish and aftertaste.Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
A massively proportioned shiraz by the standards of this vineyard, and one whose meaty ripeness and treatment with bruising, charry oak simply demands time in the cellar. It opens with exaggerated slowness to reveal deep, brooding, briary and brambly fruit and smoky, charcuterie-iike undertones. Closed down to the point of lacking personality at present, it ultimately reveals deep, spicy, seamless qualities and a superb, long-term structure. Don't be misled by its raw smokiness if you open it too early — simply wait a day or three.Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Heady, musky and exotically spiced, its ethereal and peppery perfume of blackberries, dark plums, cassis and mocha/dark chocolate oak has a meaty ripeness and an undercurrent of dried herbs. Full to medium in weight, its bright, briary flavours of sour-edged blackberries and dark plums reveal smoky, rustic and charcuterie-like nuances and spicy suggestions of licorice. The tannins are fine, drying and bony. Very seamless and balanced, It's complete, complex and savoury, with more than a suggestion of Hermitage.Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006