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Two Trophies International Wine Challenge 2022

Celebrating our trophy wins from the 2022 International Wine Challenge!

We are so pleased to announce that Giesen has won two trophies at the 2022 International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential wine competition.


Giesen has been awarded the Marlborough Syrah Trophy for their Giesen Single Vineyard Clayvin Syrah 2019 and the New Zealand Sweet Trophy for their The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – one of only five wineries in New Zealand to be awarded a trophy!


The International Wine Challenge sets the international benchmark for quality. The competition looks to single out the best of the best through a rigorous judging panel that sees each entrant tasted by a minimum of 12 wine experts across two rounds of judging.


The wine is tested against its faithfulness to style, region and vintage by experts, industry leaders, commercial decision-makers, buyers and masters of wine to find the highest quality of wine each year.


We have channeled four decades of winemaking experience into a craft collection of wines that showcase our most special sites, which is where both of these wines come from.


Each of our single-vineyard selection wine is nurtured with meticulous hands-on viticulture. The fruit produces highly concentrated flavours which our winemaking team harnesses. Both of these vintages are complex and elegant in style with great structure.


The Giesen Single Vineyard Clayvin Syrah 2019 is from Giesen Group’s revered Clayvin Vineyard in the Southern Valleys in Marlborough. The Syrah block is located at the top of the organic certified vineyard where warm daytime air help to ripen the grapes.


The finish has classic Syrah varietal expression of black fruits, white pepper and spice. The grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted in the vineyard.


The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is from Wairau Valley in Marlborough. The name late harvest derives from wine that is made from grapes left on the vine for longer than usual. The grapes left to hang on the vine for longer often end up looking more similar in appearance to raisins, the grapes have been naturally dehydrated which in turn gives concentrated sugars and flavours. We even hand pick, grape stomp and basket press the traditional way.


The finish is bright, energised and persistent. Apricot, pink grapefruit, ginger with concentrated vibrant tropical fruits.


The result are these wines – an exceptionally pure expression of our land. Made with love, care and consideration for the fruit. We are so proud to be able to offer them to the world.

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The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - NEW ZEALAND SWEET TROPHY - 2022 INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE

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