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.
At the northern most tip of the southern island is New Zealand’s most famous region, Marlborough. A region that pioneered an entirely new style of wine and new methods of production, championing stainless steel and temperature controlled fermentation, the Marlborough sauvignon, with its racing acidity, bright, vibrant gooseberry, passionfruit and elderflower aromas took the world by storm when it burst on to the scene. Since then, Marlborough has managed to form a reputation that is not just based on one game changing grape variety, but has established its place on the world’s stage as a producer of not only premium sauvignon, but also of pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and many others, for example, Blank Canvas Pinot Noir was awarded a staggering 97 points from Bob Campbell MW (a score rarely achieved for pinot outside of Burgundy.) Wairau Valley is an ancient river bed of gravelly soils that sits between two mountain ranges. Due to these mountains on either side, the Wairau Valley see’s less rain than the rest of Marlborough. These conditions lead to greater vine stress resulting in wines that show a level of fruit intensity and concentration rarely seen in a Sauvignon Blanc. Wairrau Valley Sauvignon’s are becoming some of New Zealands most sort after Sauvignons. Based in Marlborough and releasing single vineyard wines from across the Wairrau Valley sub-region is Giesen. One vineyard of theirs in particular is possibly one of Marlborough’s most valued plots, Matthews Lane vineyard. Over one million cuttings from here have been taken and so many of Marlboroughs vines have originated from this tiny, single plot. Giesen’s The Fuder comes from Matthews Lane vineyard, the name coming from the enormous, 1000 litre Fuder barrels that the wine is aged in. One of Marlborough’s most regarded producers is Dog Point, the venture of Ivan Sutherland and James Healy of Cloudy Bay. Dog Point craft incredible wines, their Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc is a stand out, cult level example of this grape variety. Novum produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from specially selected parcels of single blocks from great vineyards to produce their wine and Churton produce exceptional Pinot Noir from a unique micro climate between the sub-regions of Waihopai and Omaka Valleys.
Zalto Denk-Art White Wine Glass
** Available for delivery week commencing 6th May **
Zalto White Wine glass is perfect for crisp, vibrant, dry whites, aged Champagne such as 2007/08 and 2003 Late Disgorged. The glass is superb for many different types of white wines which do not need much aeration, the shape of the glass is focussed on the precision of the aromas. The Zalto White Wine glass covers many varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier, unoaked Sauvignons or Chardonnays.
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