As soon as the 2016 Giaconda wines arrived last week, we couldn’t help ourselves but crack a bottle of this immediately. This really REALLY impressed us. It’s dark, brooding and comes at you from all angles. The fruit, firstly, is rich but restrained – not dense or jammy but downright powerful and concentrated in its youthful state. It shows dark soil, root vegetables and black olive with rippling acidity that keeps it taught and lively. Savoury elements then appear: liquorice root, cardamom, clove and, most notably, roasted peppers that are gained from the use of partial whole bunch fermentation. This only adds further complexity with a slight bunchy-ness to the wine and chewiness to the tannins. You could very easily be drinking top-end Northern Rhone Syrah here. A truly complex wine that will fascinate you from first sip to last. – Ches Cook, FWC.