Giesen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2009 (6 x 750mL), Marlborough, NZ.

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Overview

The 2009 Pinot Gris is an elegant wine showing refined, pure fruit. There are aromas of tinned pears, subtle spice and creamy vanilla. Elegance is to the fore on the palate as well but with fruit weight and a slight viscosity to balance. There are musky and fresh floral flavours and old fashioned green apple flavours on the finish.

Region:
NZ - Marlborough
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

The 2009 Pinot Gris is an elegant wine showing refined, pure fruit. Elegance is to the fore on the palate as well but with fruit weight and a slight viscosity to balance. There are musky and fresh floral flavours and old fashioned green apple flavours on the finish.

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

There are aromas of tinned pears, subtle spice and creamy vanilla.

Palate

The 2009 Pinot Gris is an elegant wine showing refined, pure fruit. Elegance is to the fore on the palate as well but with fruit weight and a slight viscosity to balance. There are musky and fresh floral flavours and old fashioned green apple flavours on the finish.

Cellaring Potential

Up to 4 years.

Winemaking Note

The 2009 growing season was long and warm with cool nights towards the end of summer, ideal for producing Pinot Gris with elegant varietal expression. These vines are low volume producers but still get thinned to reduce bunch numbers to ensure the fruit achieves maturity without excessive sugar and therefore alcohol. The fruit was harvested in several parcels when each was at optimal ripeness.

The juice was then cold settled and fermented at relatively cool temperatures (10 to 14°C) in stainless steel tanks using selected yeasts – that is yeasts that allow the natural aromatics of the fruit to show through, enhance palate texture and will ferment steadily at cool temperatures. The wine was left for several months maturation on yeast lees after fermentation intending to add more layers to the aroma and complexity, weight and structure to the palate. A light fining with casein prepared the wine for bottling in March 2010.

Vintage
2009
Region
NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Pinot Grigio / Gris
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13%

Winery Profile

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Winemakers

Two boys with itchy feet and a penchant to travel set off from Germany and found themselves in New Zealand. Sons of a stone mason, they were planning to follow the family enterprise but on a whim, because it reminded them of home, they purchased land and planted a vineyard just outside of Christchurch. People said they were just a little bit nuts and the area was far too marginal to make wine.

But hey they’re German and really understand what cold is! Younger brother Marcel took himself to winemaking school and four years later joined Theo and Alex on the South Island to start making wine from their vineyard. They may not have followed the family trade but they certainly adopted the family business philosophy - as their father always said, if someone gives you an order, take the order! And so they set out to identify new vineyard locations and stumbled on the Wairau Valley of Marlborough. Theo says, “Only passion produces excellence"… and if their track record is anything to go by, it also creates wines which people across the world know and love.

Vineyards

Sitting in the top right-hand corner of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough is framed by picturesque waters and snow-capped mountains. Its highly sought-after Wairau Valley is an ancient river bed nestled between two mountain ranges and bordered to the North by Cook Strait. It’s a finite sub-region within the acclaimed Marlborough wine growing belt. The Giesen brothers own 720 acres of vineyard and continue to maintain long term supply contracts with some of the Valley’s best growers.

They have now embarked on a new path, ripping out a Sauvignon Blanc vineyard and leaving the land fallow for two vintages before replanting a wholly organic, close planted pinot noir vineyard. As is the New Zealand way, Giesen is certified in sustainable viticulture and reinvesting back into their vineyards for the future.

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