This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is aromatically expressive and generously flavoured with freshly cut herbs, scrumptious tropical fruit with subtle notes of blackcurrant leaf.
We select fruit from vineyards throughout the Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley in the Marlborough wine region. This scope gives us the ability to consistently blend to our Giesen style year in, year out.
The fruit we select from the Wairau Valley adds brightness, tropical and citrus flavours, as well as tighter acidity to our Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc blend.
Compared to the Wairau Valley, the Awatere Valley is slightly cooler, drier, windier with higher elevation. The fruit selected from the Awatere Valley for this wine adds fullness, richness, the tropical notes are more grilled, herbal notes are more dry.
The Wairau Valley portion of our Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc wine forms the backbone of the blend. Historically, the Wairau Valley is where the first Sauvignon Blanc wines came from, this is where our first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc came from, it is the Wairau Valley where we own 13 vineyards and source the majority of the fruit for our Sauvignon Blanc wines.
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Growing up in Germany as the sons of a stonemason may not be the most likely start for the founders of a New Zealand winery, but when you look closer, wine is practically running in Theo, Alex and Marcel Giesen's veins. For centuries, their family members have been involved in the culinary and wine trades, as sommeliers, restaurateurs and other related careers. As youths, the boys had a hobby vineyard that first ignited their interest in grapes.
While Alex and Theo were initially travelling abroad in Australia and then through New Zealand, they quickly fell in love with the lands. The brothers noticed a limited range of wines available during a chance visit to a local wine shop, with most bottles from the warmer North Island. Alex and Theo agreed the cooler climate of the South Island would be an ideal place to grow certain wines like Riesling, a popular German varietal. This was the catalyst to purchase their first land, in Burnham on the outskirts of Christchurch.
Alex and Theo contacted Marcel, who was still in Germany, and explained the purchase. Marcel joined his brothers in New Zealand a few years later after completing a degree in winemaking. The brothers' shared business values and love of wine prompted them to start Giesen Wines. Together, the brothers cultivated what was at that point the world's southernmost vineyard.
Starting out as small fish in a small industry did not discourage the brothers. They continued to work at what they loved and bring their passion for wine to every bottle they touched.
Today, we're proud to have operations throughout the Marlborough region. Our company is built on the brothers' shared passion and family values – every member of the Giesen Wines team works together on building up and maintaining the reputation of the Giesen name worldwide.