Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
The fruit and aroma spectrum shows a greater depth of tropical notes with a distinct greener profile running through as well. This is an aromatic blend displaying aromas of elderflower, kaffir lime leaf, pink grapefruit and dried herb. The palate has a vibrant citrus focus with considerable fruit concentration finishing crisp and bright.
James Suckling - "Again, this is staggering value and quality for the volume made of this wine. Plenty of bright, ripe fruit here: passion fruit, lime and ripe melon, smooth and soft. Drink now. "
Tasting Panel - "Bright, racy and juicy with grapefruit and citron; fresh, tangy and balanced with good length. "
If it weren’t for the heat and the snakes, the Giesen brothers could well have settled in Australia. But after suffering in 40 degree temperatures and an incident involving a snake in a swimming pool, Theo Giesen decided that New Zealand was a more attractive option. Australia’s loss has been New Zealand’s gain. Theo and Alex were the first to arrive in New Zealand on their equivalent of an OE. They had initially planned to start a stone company, along similar lines to their family business back in Germany, but instead they bought land in Burnham, just outside of Christchurch, and planted vines. At the time, it was the southern most vineyard in the world… and many people thought they were a little crazy.
While the brothers had some experience in growing grapes – their family had ‘hobby’ vines back in Germany – neither Theo nor Alex knew how to make wine. So it was up to Marcel to learn. Four years later, Marcel, now a qualified winemaker, joined his brothers in New Zealand.
A lot has changed since those early days, but even though they are now old hands at the business, the brothers are all still very involved. They work closely with the winemaking and vineyard team, and they all still get a kick out of producing world class wine. The thrill of a new vintage never goes away. View all Giesen Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA48/1/2014
One of the amazingly consistent Sauvignon Blancs in the global market, the nifty 2013 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc exhibits grapefruti peel and dried leaves; brisk yet satisfying on the palate; crisp in the finish.38/25/2014
- Light & Crisp
- Pair With
- steamed mussels
This is ok for the price, but there are Sauvignon Blanc's within a few dollar price range that are better. If you're looking for a Sauvignon Blanc that is smooth but still has a slight citrus taste, this is a good choice. If you want the strong citrus taste of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's, I would skip this one.
- Light & Crisp