2012 Giesen Single Vineyard Selection "Clayvin" Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1214105 96 points Bob Campbell

 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)  (8/2014)

94 points James Suckling

 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)  (10/2014)

91 points 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!

91 points 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)  (9/2014)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
This formed part of a recent Clayvin vineyard three producer vertical we tasted with resident NZ expert and buyer Ryan Wood house. Giesen now owns Clayvin. Their bottling may have been the most delicious right now, with lovely cherry fruited purity and even some cherry pit/almond notes adding further complexity. This is so drinkable now but will undoubtedly improve in bottle for at least another 6-8 years.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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