Giesen presents three new wines
Marlborough winemaker Giesen Wines is pleased to present three new wines made to show the diversity of the well-known Sauvignon Blanc grape.
In 2008 the Giesen brothers – Theo, Alex and Marcel – challenged their viticultural and winemaking teams to create a Sauvignon Blanc to prove that the grape was more than a one trick pony. After the sell-out success of their first experimental release, The August 2009 they re-doubled their efforts. Their aim was to create a Sauvignon Blanc portfolio that reflected the terroir of Marlborough and the diversity of their 274 hectares of prime vineyards.
The viti team set to work with meticulous vineyard management. Training two canes rather than four, undertaking shoot thinning and leaf plucking and where necessary dropping fruit to achieve the necessary low yields. Giesen invested in a small batch winery with a vibrating sorting table, a basket press and a range of oak; including 66 German Fuder barrels (each holding 1000 litres).
Seven harvests later, Giesen offer what they believe is one of Marlborough’s most diverse Sauvignon Blanc portfolios including new vintages of The Fuder Sauvignon Blanc Matthews Lane 2012 and Giesen The August 2012 and the introduction of Giesen Small Batch Sauvignon Blanc 2013.
The Fuder Sauvignon Blanc Matthews Lane 2012
Winemaker Marcel Giesen believes this wine – which won three Trophies and three Gold Medals at the end of 2014 – is the embodiment of the Giesen philosophy to showcase terroir. The fruit came from the Matthews Lane Vineyard in the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. It was subject to painstaking viticulture practice – specifically; canopy management, pruning to two canes, shoot thinning and leaf plucking to ensure even ripeness. The grapes were selectively hand harvested, gently pressed and then innoculated with a wild yeast starter. Rested on yeast lees for 11 months in new Fuder German oak barrels.
Marcel champions the 1000 litre Fuder German oak barrels because of the subtlety and nuance they give, which is on show in this wine. The large Fuder barrel has a 1.7 metre dimension across its bottom allowing plenty lees interaction with the wine. The light toasting given to Fuders means the wines from these barrels truly reflect the terrior of the vineyard.
Giesen The August 2012
Two Giesen vineyards were targeted for The August 2012 – Dillon’s Point Road and Matthews Lane. Vines were pruned to two canes, then after flowering and fruit set they were carefully managed to promote even ripening. Harvest spanned seven days with several hand picks to give a range of flavour profiles. Fruit was whole bunch pressed with minimal maceration; juice ran off to tanks before being gravity feed into selected new through to ten-year-old French barrels and German oak Fuders. An indigenous yeast starter prepared in the vineyard started the ferment that took from three weeks to six months to complete. The wine was then left on yeast lees for 11 months before blending and bottling.
Marcel Giesen says The August 2012 shows incredible lifted pure fruit, with savoury and spicy nuances. Its succulent, well-balanced palate has wonderful fruit flavours and a focused, firm texture. He believes this texture adds purity of flavour and provides dimension, power and length to the finish.
Giesen Small Batch Sauvignon Blanc 2013
The new Small Batch collection showcases parcels of fruit from smaller vineyards that the winemaking team identified to be of such quality that they deserve to stand on their own as illustrations of differences in the Giesen Marlborough terroir.
After careful row selection by the viticultural and winemaking teams Rapaura’s Adams Block Vineyard in the Wairau Valley was harvested to provide the fruit for Giesen Small Batch Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013. Once in the winery, free run juice was split from pressings to retain purity before fermentation in stainless steel with selected yeasts at relatively cool temperatures.
The care and attention lavished on this wine has created a complex Sauvignon Blanc with notes of passionfruit and savoury herbs with a dense palate, great focus and elegant acidity.
The August 2012 $39.99 RRP
The Fuder Sauvignon Blanc Matthews Lane 2012 $54.99 RRP
Giesen Small Batch Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $23.99 RRP
The August 2012, The Fuder Sauvignon Blanc Matthews Lane 2012 and Giesen Small Batch Sauvignon Blanc 2013 are available in selected fine wine retailers throughout Australia.
For further information please contact Nicola McConnell Brand Amp, Nicola@brandamp.co.nz
+64 27 218 8120.