2012 Giesen Single Vineyard Selection "Clayvin" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Giesen now leases the hillside Clayvin vineyard that was once exclusively used by Fromm vineyards. Refined, elegant and quite linear Pinot Noir with dense, ripe plum, cherry and mineral flavours with a seasoning of spice/anise plus an undercurrent of toasty/savoury characters that may be oak derived. The wine is firmly structured and although it can be appreciated now will deliver so much more in a few years time. (BC)
The 2012 vintage brings a deeper sense of fruit presence to this single-vineyard wine. It shows lighter florals but really pins itself to ripe, pristine fruits, with some cola and cedary oak in the mix, too. The palate rolls out a velvet-like texture of fine, fluffy tannins with bright cherry-berry flavor, smooth and nutty through the finish. Good balance - really pure. Drink now. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Single Vineyard Selection Clayvin Pinot Noir has an earthy, garrigue and damp soil laced nose over a core of wild strawberries and red cherries and a pretty waft of jasmine. It has a restrained, earthy, somewhat mineral / iron ore character in the mouth with good intensity and a structured foundation, finishing with great length. It seems to have the stuffing for further development and I'd certainly like to cellar this for 5-6 years+ and come back to it again!
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright medium red. High-toned aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, herbs, flowers and spices, with complicating notes of smoked meat and minerals. Bright and taut on the palate, displaying excellent cut and floral lift to the penetrating flavors of red raspberry, spices and minerals. Finishes saline, dry and long, leaving the mouth refreshed. This is still quite young but the tannins are fine. Shows the density of a long, cool growing season. (ST)
A very special single vineyard bottling from on of the most famous sites in New Zealand. Clayvin vineyard is situated at the southern end of Brancott Valley. The soils are fine silt loam over Southern Valley clay. The vines are low yielding, 20 years old, organically farmed and planted at high density 5ft row x 4ft vine spacing. This wine is a tiny production, just 500 six packs in total and is Giesen's mighty fine effort to show how special this vineyard really is.