Giesen Wines, Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest ‘The Brothers’ 2013

£15.50 (37.5cl)

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Sourced from two Giesen vineyards,the Alma Street and Matthews Lane vineyards, located in the Wairau Valley. These two carefully selected vineyard parcels were not sprayed to encourage botrytis formation. However, the vines were netted to protect the fruit from birds allowing the fruit to hang and mature on the vine. Early weather conditions did not easily support botrytis, then a warmer finish to the harvest allowed fruit to hang on the vine, allowing the botrytis to dry up, concentrating the flavour and sugars within the grape. Made from fully botrytised fruit that was handpicked in June and then crushed by foot before being basket pressed over a period of a week to extract the treacle like juice. The juice was fermented slowly over the next two months by wild yeast until the residual sugar, acid and alcohol balance had been achieved. The wine was filtered without fining and hand bottled.

Tasting note

Concentrated aromas of passionfruit, guava, pawpaw and honeysuckle. Flinty minerality gives way to a massively intense, sweet and yet surprisingly vibrant palate full of luscious tropical fruits, apricot, pink grapefruit and ginger. Finish is bright, energised and persistent.

About the producer

Giesen’s first vineyard, established in 1981, was located south of Marlborough in Burnham, an area on the outskirts of Christchurch. The Giesen brothers, Alex, Marcel and Theo, originally from Germany, cultivated the world’s southernmost vineyard at the time. In 1993, they moved north to Marlborough, where they purchased and converted a dairy farm into vineyards. The Giesen family now own and manage 13 vineyard sites in Marlborough, mainly the Wairau Valley, planted primarily to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, with organic viticulture playing a significant role in several locations.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (

Pale to medium lemon-yellow colored, the 2013 The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc offers pretty beeswax, marmalade and dried herb notes with a waft of clover honey. Rich, full-on sweet and concentrated, it lacks the layers of a truly great late harvest wine but does deliver great balance and length. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown) Points: 87. Issue Date: 30/12/2016

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