Giesen Wines are a long established label on the New Zealand scene. But as the family have gained expertise and expanded into personal projects - such as Marcel Giesen’s little known but lauded boutique Waipara estate, Bell Hill - the Giesen label too has shifted to capture their deep expertise in terroir and technique by adding new high-investment, single vineyard offerings such as those from the "revered" Clayvin vineyard, made famous by Fromm wines. The three German brother’s Alex, Theo and Marcel came to New Zealand to establish their first Riesling vineyards in Canterbury. In a then-small market, the Geisen brand grew with the times to take a position as one of New Zealand’s leading producers, and still enjoys a significant local and international distribution for various levels of high quality wine in many varieties and styles. Their new mid and upper level offerings are gaining significant recognition: wines like the Clayvin Pinot Noir is not only from great terroir but beautifully styled, placing it second to none among New Zealand’s premium examples of the grape.
What The Critics Say
92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"I was charmed by the captivating nose of the 2014 Single Vineyard Selection Clayvin Pinot Noir. It's all roses, tea, dusty earth and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, the fruit is ripe, the tannins are silky and the finish lingers for what seems like minutes. It's a lovely effort that should continue to drink well through 2025. -- The three Giesen brothers—Alex, Marcel and Theo—have built an impressive wine empire far from their native Germany. They now own 700 acres of vineyards, 10% of which are farmed organically, including the famous Clayvin Vineyard in Marlborough. Clayvin, located in the Southern Valleys subregion, was one of the first close-planted, hillside vineyards in New Zealand, with a density of 5,300 vines per hectare (most NZ vineyards are planted to about 2,000 vines per hectare). The company can do volume—it exported 500,000 cases to Australia last year—and it can do quality, epitomized by its single-vineyard and fuder series of bottlings." Drink 2018 - 2025
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper
"This acclaimed Marlborough red is grown and hand-picked at the hillside Clayvin Vineyard in the Brancott Valley, fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (10–15 per cent new in 2013), and bottled without fining or filtering. In its youth, it is more floral and charming than its Fromm Vineyard stablemate. Certified organic, the youthful 2014 vintage (4.5*) is rare – only seven barrels were produced. Full ruby, it is mouthfilling and supple, with strong, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, good tannin support, and excellent vigour and potential." Drink 2016 - 2025
96/100 Bob Campbell MW (2013 vintage)
"Intense, structured pinot noir, with an interesting mix of fruit (plum, cherry, violet) with savoury (subtle fresh herbs, mineral and spicy oak) flavours. The wine is rather closed now but has excellent cellaring potential. 13/7/2016."
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