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2001 Giaconda Wines Chardonnay Beechworth Ovens Valley
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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2003

($75) Palish bright straw with a yellow edge. Funky, assertive aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, dried flowers, wheat meal and grilled cashew carry the distinctive Giaconda stamp. Richly textured and deeply flavored, with an almost oily palate of sumptuous grapefruit and melon fruit bordered by fine-grained and spicy vanillin oak. A wine of exceptional power, yet finely balanced and seamless.

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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