GOLD MEDAL | NZIWS 2016
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 is medium-full bodied and packed with flavours in the ripe red fruit spectrum with a hint of spicy oak that come from 18 months in French barrels. It's drinking well and is not one to be missed for Pinot fans.
Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast writes "89 pts. There's quite a lot of whole bunch stalkiness in this wine, combined with a good lick of new oak. Aromas of cherry, cinnamon and stems lead the pack along with spiced cedar. The palate offers more juicy red fruits and stalky qualities, and while this has some potential to age, it's also drinking just fine now."
James Suckling writes "The pedigree of the vineyard speaks loudly on the nose with beautifully fresh, spiced red cherries, light herbal notes and a gently earthy thread. The palate has a deeply concentrated feel with a wealth of intense, ripe cherries and an almost unendingly long finish. Superb pinot."