2015 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1260578 95 points Decanter

 Platinum Medal - Trophy for Best In Show: Sauvignon Blanc at DAWA 2016: Fresh and powerful throughout with an enticing nose of fresh citrus garnished by hints of white flowers and white peach. To taste, it's very clean with a broad texture, ending on an intense, zippy finish; delicious!

90 points Bob Campbell

 Pure, zesty Sauvignon Blanc with guava, lime zest and subtle herbal flavours. Nice purity and an ethereal texture. Refreshing wine with good varietal characters  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "This wine is zesty and vibrant, with a base of rich tropical fruit, kaffir lime, lemon grass and herb aromas. On the palate - generous fruit flavours to the fore, with juicy acidity and a fresh, dry finish."

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Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2016 | Send Email
Very zesty, packed with citrus, with some slight mineral textures on the back end. At this price point, it'd be tough to find you something better.
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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
One of the best value Marlborough sauvignon blancs out there. Real family winery, real estate vineyards, a dedicated winemaking team and just exceptional value for money delivering quintessential NZ Savvy flavors. You won't get anything else this serious or this good for ten bucks.
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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
An outstanding value, this classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Giesen opens with a nose that is tropical and lightly floral (guava?) underscored by something a bit more herbaceous (tomato leaf!). On the palate the wine is very fresh and lively, quite tangy with notes of fresh ripe gooseberry and candied lemon peel. A delight to drink and impossible to resist at this price.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
Citrus zest, cream, spices, herb and just the lightest faint hint of tomato leaf, with a vibrant freshness and fabulous, mouth-watering acidity. The price makes this a no-brainer to stock up for Thanksgiving! YUM!
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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
As if the clean and herbaceous flavors of the Giesen weren't tempting enough, and the round stonefruit flavors enticing in their own right, the most incredible thing about the 2015 Giesen sauvignon blanc is the price. When you see "$9.99" on any bottle of wine the first thought that should come into your head is "inexpensive purchased fruit." But Giesen owns all of their own vineyards, so all the grapes used to make this lovely wine are estate-grown. Giesen is also family-owned. It just happens to be a big family-owned company with enough scale to offer reasonable prices. So you're getting an outstanding, highly-rated, delicious and affordable wine from a family-run winery that uses all estate fruit. Did I mention it's $9.99? Go big. Go deep.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.