UPDATE 30 JUNE: Mad rush this morning, only 1 bottle left now!
It wasn’t that long ago that a buttery, rich chardonnay with a good dose of malolactic would have been frowned upon. Too old hat, too old fashioned, they would say. Many chardonnays became lean, mineral and at the extreme, severe.
Well, if you hanker for those old days, wait no more.
I acquired this wine in mid-2015 after a visit to the winery at Porepunkah. It’s been quietly sitting in my Victorian coolroom without any promotion until now, so here’s a chance to buy a top-rated wine with a bit of age on it.
NEW RELEASES JUST ARRIVED IN MELBOURNE
2015 Giaconda “Estate” Beechworth Chardonnay – 2 btls – S$153 – Gary Walsh 93+…seen at A$173 in Melbourne!
2015 Giaconda “Estate” Beechworth Pinot Noir – 1 btl – S$123 – Gary Walsh 93+…seen at A$103 in Melbourne
2015 Giaconda “Estate” Beechworth Shiraz – 1 btl – S$108 – Not yet rated…seen at A$103 in Melbourne
2015 Giaconda “Warner” Beechworth Shiraz – 2 btls – S$108 – Not yet rated…seen at A$93 in Melbourne
The Holyman “Project X” pinots are the top of the range from Joe Holyman’s Stoney Rise vineyard on the west bank of the Tamar River at Gravelly Beach.
Not released every year, and for the 2013 vintage (released 2015) only about 50 cases made.
Here’s what James Suckling had to say, giving it 96 points (www.jamessuckling.com):
“Ripe, peppery and very, very taut and complex, this is an exercise in whole bunches with a lot of dark cherry fruit, orange zest, North African spices and some brassy oak all whirling around. Punchy palate, assertive tannins and a grippy succulent style to it; deep cherry flavours, nice and pure, and the tannins will carry it long – a decade and then some. Drink in 2019.”
RRP of A$90…S$90 here.
I originally promoted this back in November 2015 but having got more than my fair share of the 50 case allocation, I’ve still got some left. They’ve been maturing nicely under temperature control since.
Timo Mayer doesn’t do mainstream. Never has, never will.
He believes that this is the only 100% whole bunch Cabernet made anywhere in the world. But as Halliday says, maybe Timo is the only person who can pull it off.
Richard Hemming from jancisrobinson.com gave it 17.5 points (“superior +” according to their rating scale).
If you’re after the safety of Margaret River or Coonawarra for your cabernets, then maybe this wine is not for you. If you’re happy to venture off the beaten track, give it a go!