2013 Giesen Single Vineyard Selection "The Fuder - Clayvin" Chardonnay Marlborough
Concentrated Chardonnay from a renowned hillside vineyard. Rich, weighty wine with peach, citrus, wet stone/mineral, toast, cashew nut and brioche flavours. Very impressive wine that gives a solid nod in the direction of Burgundy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Wow - the brand new 2013 The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay sure adds to the growing list of absolute knock-out Chardonnay's of true global significance emerging these days from New Zealand. The highly revered Clayvin vineyard, from which this comes, does not fail to live up to its reputation, yielding a profoundly intense and complex wine redolent of ripe peaches, acacia honey, cashews and crushed chalk with marzipan and brioche nuances. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with savory and mineral flavors with a satiny texture and lively acid backbone, finishing with lingering honey-nut notes. 95+ Points (LPB)
Clayvin vineyard is in the southern Brancott Valley. Ambient yeasts and fermented in 1,000-litre oak Fuder from Germany, with 2-inch-thick staves. Full malo. Rich in mealy, creamy aromas, savoury and spiced, toasty but not overly dominated by the oak, which is subtle (more so than on the 2011) and finely integrated. Filled with pure lemon and orange citrus flavours and a note of tangy quince on the finish. (JH)
Awesome Chardonnay, world-class stuff. I've known how good NZ Chardonnay can be for many years now...but hopefully this huge 95 point score from The Wine Advocate will shine a light on this underappreciated category. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)