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Giesen Ridge Block Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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  • WW90
750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Dark currant fruit notes to start, bramble, anise and spice on the nose. Lovely succulence and fruit weight showing superb integration.

The Giesen Single Vineyard Series, a limited edition collection of wines, crafted to give an honest reflection of the vineyard. These sites are located throughout the Wairau Valley and aim to showcase Marlborough's unique sub regions. Combining meticulous viticulture practices aimed to produce the finest, highly concentrated flavors. The winemakers ensure these wines speak for themselves; wild fermentation, rested in highest quality German & French oak, a perfect example of our single vineyard philosophy producing wines of the land.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 93
James Suckling
The darkest-hued of the series of 2012 single-vineyard pinots from Giesen, this has dark, brambly fruit presence, plum and wild blackberry, cola, meat and dark, spiced oak. The palate's rich and scoops deep with supple, strapping, fruit-drenched tannins. Open-knit, generous pinot here. Drink now.
TP 92
Tasting Panel
Deep ruby color; silky and smooth with bright cherry and spice; seamless and complex, long and balanced.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
On the darker side of the varietal, the wild and more black-fruited 2012 Giesen Ridge Block Pinot Noir packs a good load on the palate; rich and long with wood and grape tannins; quite deep lang long, could do well with a grilled rib eye of beef.
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From the Estate Range to the Single Vineyard Series, Giesen delivers stylish wines that showcase the riches of Marlborough.

Proudly family-owned by three brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel since

1981. Originally from Germany, today the Giesen brothers are the proprietors of

13 vineyards located throughout the highly sought after Wairau Valley, a

subregion of Marlborough. The vineyards spread across the length & breadth

of the valley giving a range of grape growing conditions and flavor. 20% of

Giesen vineyards are certified organic or in transition.

The Giesens are the leading buyers of German 1,000 liter Fuder barrels in New Zealand. The Fuders are coveted in winemaking for the lees influence (due to large dimension across the bottom of the barrel) as well as the lighter oak toasting – which provides an aromatic sweetness. Giesen is known and respected for showcasing Marborough’s unique vineyard and vintage characteristics and to delivering superb vine-to-bottle quality across the range

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

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