Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

The growing season leading up to vintage 2011 ensured the vines were in excellent health with plenty of warm weather in December with regular rain. Most vineyards were pruned to 3 canes so cropping levels were maintained at moderate levels which was just as well considering the favourable growing conditions. Once the 2011 vintage started it was evident the flavour of the fruit on the vines had developed very well so we could often harvest a little earlier than usual at lower sugar levels therefore producing a wine with moderate alcohol. We had very little rain during harvest and the fruit was exceptionally clean, so picking decisions were relatively straight forward. The separate batches are fermented relatively cool using selected aromatic yeast strains. Our 2011 blend comes from 32 separate parcels spread the length and breadth of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. Our range of vineyards ensures a multi dimensional aroma and flavour spectrum is encapsulated in every bottle – from punchy, pungent and tropical through to elegant, crisp and green. What we believe is a true representation of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

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Giesen Wine Estate:
  GIESEN WINES WAS FOUNDED BY THREE BROTHERS,THEO, ALEX AND MARCEL GIESEN WHO MADE THE BOLD LEAP FROM GERMANY TO NEW ZEALAND IN 1981 TO MAKE WORLD CLASS WINES.   Over the last 30 years they have laid deep roots in the Marlborough region, developing their own vineyards and simply making wines that people want to drink and that, is all there... Read more
  GIESEN WINES WAS FOUNDED BY THREE BROTHERS,THEO, ALEX AND MARCEL GIESEN WHO MADE THE BOLD LEAP FROM GERMANY TO NEW ZEALAND IN 1981 TO MAKE WORLD CLASS WINES.   Over the last 30 years they have laid deep roots in the Marlborough region, developing their own vineyards and simply making wines that people want to drink and that, is all there is to it.   'We set out to create wines which people enjoy drinking and our diverse and outstanding vineyard sites, leading viticultural practices and consistent winemaking have allowed us to deliver a remarkably refreshing, unfailingly consistent, eminently drinkable wine.'   Read less
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External Reviews for Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc

External Review
10/16/2012

Floral, spicy high tones to the aromas of peach, dried herbs and licorice. Not a fleshy style but juicy and suave, with good penetration and spicy lift to the tropical fruit and citrus flavors. Very easy to drink.


External Review
10/16/2012

A vivid, racy white, featuring grapefruit, lime and green apple notes that are juicy and refreshing. Light-bodied and extremely focused. Drink now.



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Tasting Notes:

Pale yellow colour with green hues. The aroma is fresh and vibrant with a base of rich tropical fruit but dominated especially when young, by fresh lime and lemongrass aromas as well as a fresh herb note. The palate shows a lovely fruit weight on the mid palate with flavours reminiscent of gooseberry and citrus and this is surrounded by a juicy, pure acidity giving the wine it’s zesty exuberance with a fresh, dry finish.

The growing season leading up to vintage 2011 ensured the vines were in excellent health with plenty of warm weather in December with regular rain. Most vineyards were pruned to 3 canes so cropping levels were maintained at moderate levels which was just as well considering the favourable growing conditions. Once the 2011 vintage started it was evident the flavour of the fruit on the vines had developed very well so we could often harvest a little earlier than usual at lower sugar levels therefore producing a wine with moderate alcohol. We had very little rain during harvest and the fruit was exceptionally clean, so picking decisions were relatively straight forward. The separate batches are fermented relatively cool using selected aromatic yeast strains. Our 2011 blend comes from 32 separate parcels spread the length and breadth of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. Our range of vineyards ensures a multi dimensional aroma and flavour spectrum is encapsulated in every bottle – from punchy, pungent and tropical through to elegant, crisp and green. What we believe is a true representation of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

Closure: Stelvin

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12.5% pH: 3.15
Sugar: 3.5 grams per liter

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