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Dillons Point Vineyard Lower Wairau Valley
Certified organic, Dillons Point Vineyard is the backbone of Giesen’s premium Sauvignon Blanc programme. It was the first vineyard purchased by the Giesen brothers in the Marlborough region in 1993. It is one of our most easterly vineyards with a maritime climate influence being close to the ocean, it is planted 100% with Sauvignon Blanc.
Dillons Point was the first vineyard purchased by the Giesen brothers in the Marlborough region in 1993, so it is a special place for us here at Giesen.
It is one of our most easterly vineyards with a maritime climate influence being 5.8km (3.6 miles) from the ocean, it is planted 100% with Sauvignon Blanc.
Dillons Point is certified organic with BioGro New Zealand and is on the banks of the Opawa River, which means the water table is close to the surface and for that reason the vineyard is not irrigated. Vines grown on the heavy Dillon’s Point soil produce evenly ripe bunches of concentrated Sauvignon Blanc berries with a mineral intensity.
We farm Dillons Point Sauvignon Blanc with the same intense viticulture focus that applies to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We target much lower yields, about half that of a typical Marlborough vineyard which results in intensely concentrated characters and when the fruit is at its best it is hand picked to ensure it reaches the winery in pristine condition.