"Domenica is the label of Beechworth’s Peter Graham, ex-Giaconda assistant winemaker (of 13 years) and also joint partner with Rick Kinzbrunner and Michel Chapoutier in the Ergo Sum vineyard project." Andrew Graham
"Domenica is the label of Beechworth’s Peter Graham, ex-Giaconda assistant winemaker (of 13 years) and also joint partner with Rick Kinzbrunner and Michel Chapoutier in the Ergo Sum vineyard project.
In 2012, Peter bought out Rick and Michel to claim the 20 year old Ergo Sum (nee Nantua) vineyard for himself, releasing the wines under the Domenica label.
Given the history of the wines produced from this vineyard (including the famous Nantua Roussanne blends and the Giaconda Nebbiolo), it is of little surprise that the Domenica wines are immediately impressive. Yet that is doing the quality a disservice – these are seriously stylish, cool-climate wines of texture and grace, all at a serious discount to Giaconda.
Part of the reason why these are so successful is that plenty of the ‘model’ Giaconda winemaking style has been brought over too. Think multi-batch wild ferments, careful (and occasionally extended) barrel ferment and maturation, long pre and post ferment maceration for the reds and whole bunch pressing/oxidative winemaking for the whites.
With such a combination of site and thoughtful winemaking, it’s of little wonder that these Domenica wines have such consistent weight, texture and acidity.
But I digress…
What’s even more satisfying is that Peter is a genuinely affable and honest winemaker/producer, more than happy to critique his own wines in the bottle. I dig that." Andrew Graham, The Oz Wine Review