Giesen Estate Rose 2016 (6 x 750mL), Hawkes Bay NZ.

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Merlot grapes from the prominent Hawke’s Bay region were picked when perfect for Rosé, before going through a light Champagne press cycle reducing time on skins so minimal colour was extracted. The juice was then treated as a white wine, where it was settled, racked and fermented cool and clear to preserve the fruit aromas. A light milk and protein fining to preserve brightness was performed.

Vintage conditions

The 2016 vintage conditions in Hawke’s Bay were perfect for making Rosé, a good flowering lead to near perfect bunch formation. The summer was cool with Autumn coming early. The fruit flavours and acids in these parcels lent itself to be picked for Merlot Rosé. An early fruit thin meant the concentration picked up for the all important pick.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

"2016 Vintage: Made from Merlot grapes the aromas of red plum, cherry and red apple skin are fresh and ripe, some floral notes and light stone mineral quality complete the bouquet. On the palate - fruity reflecting the flavours of red berries and plum, medium+ acidity and very fine tannins; balanced, fresh and well made. Drink now and through 2017." Sam Kim- Wine Orbit

Winery Tasting Notes

A dry European style of Rosé showing off the New World fruit weight and intensity. Bright, freshly picked strawberries, covered with cream. The palate is long & refreshing and to be savoured.

Medals & Trophies

Gold - Wine Orbit 85 Points

Silver -Melbourne Intl Wine Competition

Bronze -The Real Review Recommended

NZ - Hawke's Bay
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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.


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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