Giesen Pinot Gris 2016 (6 x 750mL), Marlborough, New Zealand.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
Average rating 5 out of 5 stars 1 review
$11.66 per Bottle
$69.94 per case

Overview

Winemaking

Each parcel was harvested at optimum ripeness, pressing commenced immediately on arrival to the winery. Fermented in stainless steel tanks using selected yeast strains at temperatures 12-15C. The wine was held on lees for a further two months before blending in early June and bottling in early July.

Vintage Conditions

The Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Waipara growing season had a marked similarity. Cooler temperatures in the respective regions during the flowering period reduced berry size and bunch weights. As is often the case with the smaller berries, the flavours are more intense and concentrated. The warm dry conditions leading into harvest across much of New Zealand ensured the flavour, acidity and sugar levels of the grapes all benefited from the increased hang time. The fruit in each block was picked at optimum ripeness.

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

Winery Tasting Notes

Nose

Apple, Pear, Ripe Peach, Almond Meal, Floral, Quince Aromatics.

Palate

Well balanced textural mid palate, touch of creaminess, subtle spice, rich fruit and structural persistent finish.

Roasted pear and feta tart, fresh summer salad leaves.

Vintage
2016
Region
NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Pinot Grigio / Gris
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
12.5%

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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