2012 Giesen "The August 1888" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1260579 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A grassy, slightly feral style of Sauvignon Blanc, this is tight and linear despite the ample alcohol listing. Flinty notes on the nose strike a French pose, while the fruit on the palate is grapefruit and cut grass. Finishes long and mouth-watering. (JC)  (11/2014)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Smelling more of dried hay and fennel than of grassy freshness and incorporating a touch of toast in its not-at-all fruity aromas, this ripe and relatively weighty working follows with moderately rich, oak and herb flavors that have taken on an element of aged complexity. Its glyceriny beginnings are countered by a rush of firming acidity with a spot of heat emerging at the finish, and, if it arguably wanders a bit wide of the classic mark, it is far from being a simple wine.  (8/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc has notes of sautéed herbs, hay and lemon curd with nuances of baking bread, almonds and elderflower. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with dried herb and preserved citrus fruit flavors that have a silky texture, lively acid and a long finish. (LPB)  (12/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Juicy and tangy, with lemon curd, mandarin orange and succulent papaya flavors at the core. Smooth and juicy, showing hints of lemon verbena on the finish. Drink now. (MW, Web-2014)

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14