Pinot Noir ‘Single Vineyard Selection Waihopai' Waihopai Valley, GIESEN Family, Marlborough 2014
Giesen Premium Range (The Brothers Selection & Single Vineyard Series), Marlborough
Giesen's first vineyard, established in 1981, was located south of Marlborough in Burnham, an area on the outskirts of Christchurch. The Giesen brothers, Alex, Marcel and Theo, originally from Germany, cultivated the world's southernmost vineyard at the time. In 1993, they moved north to Marlborough, where they purchased and converted a dairy farm into vineyards. The Giesen family now own and manage 13 vineyard sites in Marlborough, mainly the Wairau Valley, planted primarily to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, with organic viticulture playing a significant role in several locations, including Dillon’s Point and Clayvin. Planted in 1993, the north-facing Clayvin Vineyard was Marlborough’s first significant hillside vineyard. The site is organically farmed and high density planted, using the competition between vines to reduce vigour, promoting root structure and delivering highly concentrated fruit. Initially taking a long-term lease, seeing the potential, the Giesen brothers purchased the vineyard outright in 2015. Giesen's 13 vineyard sites are planted primarily to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but many other varieties are grown, including Syrah, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Merlot. One of the estate’s top wines, Sauvignon Blanc ‘August 1888’, is named after the brothers' grandfather. Unlike the winemaking process for most Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, grapes intended for The August are hand harvested, fermented in barrel with indigenous yeasts and aged on the lees for almost one year before bottling, to create a richer expression of the variety.
Coming from 19 year old vines planted in Marlborough's Waihopai Valley, Pinot Noir ‘Single Vineyard Selection Waihopai' Giesen 2014 is intensely aromatic with notes of blueberries, plums, violets, cinnamon, nutmeg and aniseed. Poised and well-balanced with a lingering finish, this is a superb terroir-driven Pinot Noir.
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir