Winemaker "We hand pick the fruit from Matthews Lane vineyard ensuring each parcel of fruit is in pristine condition. After a yeast starter the juice rests on yeast lees for 11 months in new 1,000L German Oak Fuder Barrels. The use of Fuder barrels in this way ensures our Single Vineyard white wines develop a greater complexity and refinement because oak doesn’t dominate. The ratio of wine in contact with the barrel surface is less than smaller barrels so oak pick up is less. The staves of Fuder barrels are thicker which means the temperature of ferment tends to be warmer and we find the fruit characters gain greater depth and complexity."
Viticulture: Located in the heart of Marlborough’s acclaimed Wairau Valley this vineyard produces fruit with intensity and purity. Extensive canopy management and detailed crop thinning ensures this conventional vineyard delivers concentrated flavours.
Nose: Complex expression of Sauvignon Blanc with dry grass, thyme and sweet ripe fruits.
Palate: A wine that is soft up front with gentle, flowing almost creamy texture with a very long finish.
Vintage conditions: Marlborough’s Wairau Valley started the growing season with cooler temperatures. With the onset of flowering in early December, temperatures were 2 degrees higher than the average. Summer enjoyed long hours of sunshine, with little rain, and as a consequence no disease pressure. While high sunshine hours, the average temperatures weren’t, so fruit was able to ripen beautifully while retaining flavour and acidity. The Matthews lane vineyard uses conventional irrigation verses our Dillons Pt Vineyard, that is dry farmed, this along with the variable soil contour and low vigour delivers wines that are aromatic and linear. Hand picked, multiple picking days ensured fruit was in optimum condition.
The Giesen Single Vineyard Series is a limited edition collection of wines, crafted to give an honest reflection of the vineyard. Combining meticulous viticulture practices aimed to produce the finest, highly concentrated flavours. The winemakers ensure these wines speak for themselves; wild fermentation, rested in highest quality German & French oak.
New Zealand is split between the North Island and South Island and the Marlborough region is situated in the North of the South Island. The climate here is the hottest in the country meaning that this wine producing region is expanding quickly. Of course, Sauvignon Blanc does well here and is increasingly becoming more and more popular due to its naturally herbaceous character and lean and refreshing style much loved by Western wine drinkers. Wineries Greywacke and Dog Point both have delicious Sauvignon Blanc wines with typical Marlborough characteristics. Red wines, mainly Pinot Noir also grow well in this region and an excellent example of a Pinot Noir from this area is the Akitu Pinot Noir which comes highly recommended from Vinorium staff!
Zalto Denk-Art White Wine Glass
For elegant, classical fruit forward white wines, but also medium bodied red wines without overt barrique development.
Ideally for: All White Wines, Chardonnay / Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chablis, Muskateller, Frizzante, St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch.
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