Another amazing Beechworth Chardonnay and guess what? Owner / maker Peter Graham spent 15 years of Giaconda.....who would have thought?
"I saw the new Domenica wines being offered in an EDM from the distributor (World Wine Estates) so I hit them up for some samples. A very good producer in my opinion.
A discreet style of Chardonnay here, with everything set to sotto voce. I minor amount of matchstick, ripe grapefruit and white peach, a little nutty, a light application of spicy ginger oak. Subtle chalky texture, a little spice and citrus, but again somewhat nutty and saline, with a zesty finish of good length. All very nice." Rating: 94 Points. Gary Walsh. The Wine Front.
Domenica sits 460m above sea level atop the granite ridge sweeping away to the south west of Beechworth. The wines are vividly reflective of their origin, a gripping mineral texture encasing the mature vine vitality of the varietals chosen to express it.
Wines are traditionally made; owner/winemaker Peter Graham has an impressive 13 years under his belt as assistant winemaker at Giaconda. Unsurprisingly, the Domenica wines are first class examples of small production, ‘hands on’ winemaking at its very best.
Ten acres of hand tended, low cropped vines result in a mere 1500 cases annually- the philosophy behind the growing and making of these wines is one of simplicity, pure varietal expression and a palpable sense of place.