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Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Giesen Single Vineyard Ridge Block Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A65)

Drink:2023

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016,115, 777, Abel clones, silky blackcurrant and plum with anise, rosemary and brown spice notes,  linear and savoury with a good acid spine for the  warm vintage, some underling earthiness and mocha/cedar oak (****1/2)

Giesen Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($A20)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, floral, spicy and medium sweet lime sherbet and lemon grass with jasmine and honey notes, chalky and linear with vibrant citric acidity (****1/2)

Giesen Clayvin Vineyard Syrah 2012

Purchased: Not ($A70)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: July 2015,  Trophy Winner (NZ Rhone Red varietals) at 2015 Decanter Awards, Silver Medal at Marlborough Wine Show 2014, despite the cold vintage this reached full ripeness, succulent and fleshy black cherry, blueberry and dark plums with rose petal and black pepper notes, spicy medium bodied palate with tightly structured fine tannins and a juicy finish (****1/2)

Giesen Small Batch Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased:  Not ($A24)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, Pure Bronze at Air NZ Wine Awards, early picked grassy style with an intense nose although the palate is more restrained, some creaminess, limes, pea pods, lemon grass and tropical fruit, the long palate is wrapped in chalky phenolics, firm grapefruit acidity (****)

Giesen Pinot Gris 2014

Purchased:  Not ($A20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, floral poached pear, apple and honeydew melon with nougat and a light dusting of brown  spices, crisp and medium bodied with bright lemony acidity (***1/2)

Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased:  Not ($A30/$NZ30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, Sweet Wine Trophy at Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014, botrytised and barrel fermented, powerful, viscous and almost waxy passionfruit, sweet limes, honey and mango with some spiciness, refreshing limy acidity with a hint of vanilla/coconut (****1/2)

Giesen Riesling 2013

Purchased:  Not ($A20)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, Pure Elite Gold at Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014, floral and medium sweet at 44 gms/l residual sugar, vibrant lime cordial, lemon grass and apricot nectar with ginger, jasmine and honey notes, linear with balancing acidity and a wet pebble finish  (****1/2)

Giesen The August Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Purchased:  Not ($A40)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, Pure Silver at Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014, whole bunch pressed with lees and barrel ferment inputs, creamy lime sherbet, lychee and lemongrass with basil notes, crunchy orange peel rind acidity with some hazelnut-vanilla on the flinty finish (****1/2)

Giesen SVS Clayvin Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($A56)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, Clayvin was Marlborough’s first commercial hillside vineyard established in 1991, 5% whole bunch, my pick of the trio of new single vineyard releases (Brook Rd and Waihopai are the others), succulent cherry, blueberry and redcurrant with anise, sage and mint notes, earthy and medium bodied palate has some creamy soda notes, crunchy acidity and good persistence (****)

Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($A56)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, cold vintage, fresh cherry and plum with dried herb, mint and spice notes, earthy and medium bodied with sarsparilla aspect, plenty of coffee/clove oak and fine savoury tannins (***1/2)

Giesen Malborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Toorak, ($16)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, from a dry, warm vintage, moderately intense with ripe tropical fruits, lime and lemon-grass with basil and snow pea notes, tangy orange peel edged acidity on the chalky mineral finish (***)

Giesen The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($A40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, whole bunch pressed, substantial lees, barrel ferment in a variety of oak regimes, creamy lime sorbet, guava and lemongrass with fresh garden herb notes, flinty finish with crisp orange peel rind acidity with a whisper of hazelnut-vanilla on the flinty phenolic finish, (****1/2)

Giesen Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($A25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, this is a selected few parcels of the most intense fruit, some whole bunch press, creamy with punchy lime, cut grass and green mango with snowpea and spice notes, racy orange peel acidity, flinty finish with fine, textural phenolics rather than the astringent ones in 2010 (****)

Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($A40)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, Silver Medal at NZ Royal Easter Show 2013, portions were later picked than usual, partial whole bunch inclusion,  sweet and glossy red cherry, cassis and plum with the flat sarsparilla, brown spice and dried oregano notes, earthy and medium bodied,   cedar/clove/ roast coffee oak cuts in, chewy savoury tannins and crunch herbal acidity (***1/2)

Giesen August Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($A28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, this heavily worked wine has undergone lees, barrel ferment and partial malo, creamy lime, sherbert and lemongrass with malt biscuit and dried oregano notes, crisp mandarin rind acidity with a whisper of hazelnut-vanilla on the flinty finish, long and evenly weighted with better focus and balance than the Brothers SB (****1/2)

Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($A25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, this is a selected few parcels of the most intense fruit with some barrel ferment texture, lime, passionfruit and green mango with oregano and snowpea aspects, lightly creamy palate with bracing grapefruit acidity, astringent finish with rather chewy phenolics that have some bitterness (***1/2)

Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($A26)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, 20% whole bunch inclusion, fairly sweet and intense entry showing red cherry, blackberry and plum with the flat sarsparilla and dried oregano notes, becomes more earthy until the cedar/clove/coffee oak cuts in, firmish savoury tannins and stemmy acidity (***1/2)

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($A18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, fresh and zesty entry level style showing passionfruit, lime and lemongrass, minerally with red capsicum and asparagus, tangy citric fruits, one of the better of the base level stainless steel fermented Marlborough savvies (***1/2)

Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($A25/$22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, stylishly textured with a barrel ferment component, passionfruit and nectarine with light creaminess and vibrant chalky mandarin rind acidity, the evenly weighted palate has good length and drive (****)

Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($A30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, from the north bank of the Wairau River, unfined, more intense and extractive than the fined standard, aromatic cassis and redcurrant with thyme and flat sarsparilla notes, infused with chalky phenolics, the 26% new French oak brings mocha-coffee to the finish, very good length (****)

Giesen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($A24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, sourced from six vineyards, floral nose, quite ripe plum, cassis and raspberry with dried herb and flat sarsparilla notes, the fined and medium bodied palate unfolds as a complex tapestry of black and red fruit, fresh acidity, 10% new French oak brings a light touch of vanilla coffee to the finish (***1/2)

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($17)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, ripe, slightly sweaty and flavoursome passionfruit, cut grass and stonefruit with nettle and lemon grass notes, minerally with red capsicum and snow pea aspects to the orange rind acid finish (***1/2)

Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($A24)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, sourced from four vineyards with most of the blend spending five months on lees, textured but has some pungent green capsicum and nettle aspects set in the passionfruit and cut grass palate, long and spicy finish with zesty lemon rind acidity (***1/2)

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($14)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, gently textured with fine chalkiness, guava and lychee with red capsicum and dried herb notes, crisp lemon acids on the spicy finish, soft mainstream style (***)

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($A14)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, sweet style, tangy lemon with some pineapple and orange sweetness, slightly sweaty palate with capsicum and nettle aspects, dry minerally finish with persistent citric acids (***1/2)

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($A20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, slightly sweaty, grassy and pungent gooseberry and tropical fruit with capsicum, nettle, lime and dried herb features, zesty and lingering citric finish (***1/2)

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Purchased: Safeways, St Kilda, 2005 ($18)

Drink: 2005

(GXY) Tastings: Feb 2005, slightly sweaty, typical grassy, pungent gooseberry with capsicum, lime and dried herb features with lingering citric finish (***1/2)