Giesen established the first significant hillside vineyard in Marlborough and it went on to become the prestigious Clayvin Vineyard, producing premium Pinot and Chardonnay. To honour this very special piece of land, Giesen have released these limited edition Clayvin Pinot Noir six packs with two of each of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages.
Giesen writes "Each of these Pinot Noir wines have been selected for their uniqueness and also offers you an opportunity to see how vintage variation has an impact on wine style but also shows the underlying characteristics of our Clayvin Vineyard, despite the vintage year."
Stocks of these premium cases are very limited. Grab yours (or one for the pinot lover in your life) today.
2015 vintage, Single block - D Block: D Block showcases why Clayvin Vineyard is so special. This block has a combination of dense clay and naturally moderate water retention which allows for even ripening, structure and freshness, all in balance. Some of D block is single guyot pruned which results in a very low yielding vintage with intense flavour. With the concentration and rich flavour of the 2015 vintage combined with the dense and rich character typical of D block, this Pinot Noir will be both intense and rich, yet perfumed and elegant.
2016 vintage, Single block - Clayvin: With our Clayvin vineyard being so special, we love to do collabs with other passionate organic winemakers. The fruit for this wine came from an area in Clayvin which has great purity of fruit and a lovely floral character of rose petal. The Pinot Noir fruit was processed and crafted in another winery - we love seeing what our fruit can do! 2016 was a more elegant vintage, really showcasing the perfumed elegance of the vineyard. With the wonderful elegance the 2016 vintage gave us, you will see great floral perfume with intense concentration and supple tannins. The winemaking style ensures fantastic freshness and perfect balance.
2017 vintage, Single vineyard - Wild ferment: This Wild Ferment Pinot Noir is a true expression of the Clayvin vineyard in every way. We hand harvest all of the grapes, and place them in a small fermenter within the vineyard, along with some flowers and leaves from across the site. These flowers and leaves hold natural indigenous vineyard yeast, so after a few days, fermentation begins using these natural indigenous yeasts. 2017 was a great vintage where Clayvin showed a style that was structured, fresh with great ageability. This Wild Ferment Pinot Noir has a stunning floral character with fantastic complexity and structure. When you taste this winr, you really are tasting Clayvin Vineyard.