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Giesen Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Giesen remains one of the biggest success stories of Marlborough, and their Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most famous brand names to come out of the New Zealand wine industry. The key to their success is by making wines that hold enormous appeal with consumers and this Sauvignon Blanc is such a great example. On the nose you’ll find lifted gooseberry, green herbs and hints of pea pod. Precise flavours of citrus, with a burst of sweetness and a crisp, acid finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The Giesen Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is pale yellow in colour with green hues. There are strong aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and crushed herbs with a delicate mix of tomato and blackcurrant leaf. The palate has wonderful vibrancy and fruit weight, perfectly balanced with crisp and clean acidity culminating in a lengthy finish.

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Giesen Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
A very composed and resolved wine in the scheme of its competition. Always a wealth of tropicals, plenty of melon, green mango and passionfruit on offer here, sweet fragrance too. The palate s even and juicy, with tangy tropical fruit flavours and lime squeezed on passionfruit; acid lingers with sherbet-like tang on the finish.
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Good Wine Guide
91
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Giesen has delivered a composed, crisp and balanced 2011 version of their uber-popular savvy. It smells of passionfruit, fresh-cut grass, lime and lemon blossom - really fresh. The palate's juicy and fresh, with lime and tropical fruits, plenty of tangy acid crunch, and lingering tropical flavour through the finish.
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The Good Wine Guide
91
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Another solid performance from Giesen’s staple sauvignon blanc. This has a heady mix of citrus, stone-fruit and fleshy tropical passionfruit aromas – bright and lifted. The palate delivers juicy, fl avoursome impact, with a rolling, glossy texture. Hits the mark.
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Good Wine Guide 2011
91
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A compact and cool nose that offers a mix of tropical and citrus fruits, with gentle, fresh basil and smooth melon fragrance. The palate has the same play of citrus and tropical fruits, nuances of tangy nectarine here too, all very evenly spread and neatly composed from start to finish. Right on the mark, once again.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Fresh and exotic, this has some betel leaf and shaved fennel, fresh zesty citrus fruit aromas and lime juice. The palate delivers all the tropical fruit you could ever wish for, intense passionfruit flavour; they've struck the right deal between acidity and sugar, long fruit finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
It may now seem a long time ago, but I wrote this in the days following our glorious Wallabies whumping those Kiwi upstarts; consequently I am at peace with the world and can find fault in nothing. Especially not this wine (no matter what might happen in the World Cup), which shows why Marlborough savvy has captured the world's attention. Absolutely bursting with flavour—pungent gooseberries, lantana and minerally bracing acidity.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
87
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
This is by far the largest-volume wine from Giesen. The 2006 vintage is light, fresh and smooth (4.5 grams/litre of residual sugar), with ripe melon, capsicum and lime flavours.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
I would like to make one thing clear. AFL umpires' chief Jeff Gieschen had nothing to do with the production of this wine and nor did any other AFL umpire (although they may very well enjoy drinking it, because it's as fresh, crisp and zesty a white as you could hope for). Which leads me to my next point: WHY DOES DARREN GOLDSPINK HATE THE SWANS SO MUCH? God, I feel better for getting that off my chest. Sorry Darren.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2005 2005
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2003 Vintage) says
Unlike the other Kiwi savvies mentioned in this chapter, this is less in the full-flavoured, tropical-fruit mould, and more in the fresh-cut grass, high acid, zesty lemon-rind flavour spectrum.
Quaff 2004 2003
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the clean and crisp bouquet is quite aromatic, with gentle gooseberry fruit; the palate is very cleverly balanced, with attractive gooseberry fruit, not particularly intense, but what is there is spot on.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; lively citrus and gooseberry aromas announce a fresh, crisp wine with touches of herb along with the citrus and gooseberry, and a long palate aided by perfectly judged acidity. An extremely good outcome for a very difficult vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
90
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
From one vintage to the next, the Canterbury-based Giesen brothers make an impressive Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Despite the back label reference to "a typical growing season" (it was exceptionally hot and dry), the 1998 vintage is more intensely varietal than most wines of that year. It's a frisky wine with good body, firm acid spine and penetrating flavours of tropical fruit, with a distinctly herbaceous undercurrent. (The 1999 won a bronze medal in August at the Liquorland Top 100 Competition.)
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; highly aromatic and tangy gooseberry fruit, with faintly minerally undertones, leads into a fresh, well-balanced stylish wine on the palate, with lingering gooseberry and herb flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
90

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