96/100 | Bob Campbell
Giesen established the first significant hillside vineyard in Marlborough and it went on to become the prestigious Clayvin Vineyard, producing premium Pinot and Chardonnay. The 2014 Pinot Noir rears its head as one of the best vintages to come off this block. It's medium-full bodied and packed with ripe fruit and the spicy oak flavours that come from 18 months in French barrels. It's drinking well and is not one to be missed for Pinot fans.
Bob Campbell writes "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."