FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
This wine pays homage to August Giesen, the iconic 'Opa' of Giesen founders Theo, Alex, and Marcel. It's a unique wine which is fitting for the man it's named after. It was given every attention in the winery and the result is a bold, complex, textural wine that truly sets itself apart from the crowd. Hand picked, whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented, the wine has tropical notes on the nose and almond, brioche and toasty flint notes on the palate. A stunning wine.
Sam Kim writes "A magnificent barrel-fermented rendition, offering complex aromas of crunchy apple, grapefruit, fig and oatmeal characters with a hint of flinty overtone. The palate is wonderfully concentrated and weighty, while remaining refined and structured, leading to an impressively long expansive finish. Texturally gorgeous and engaging."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "This is a barrel-fermented, lees aged and bottled aged release. Aromas are of a complete wine - with scents of baked peach and dried grapefruit peel, apple, a touch of quince, a leesy autolysis and gentle nutty quality from French oak. Lovely satin texture on the palate with contrasting acidity. The core of fruit, ferment and aged completeness this wine presents showcases the aromas suggested in the bouquet along with a fine nutty-oaky quality, mealy fine mouthfeel and a long finish. Balanced and well made. A food wine or alternative to chardonnay. "
The winery writes "Dry and flinty with rich, ripe tropical notes and layers of toasty almond and brioche flavours, it’s distinctive alright."