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Sauvignon Blanc

The Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a showcase of the famed Marlborough wine region. The wine that enchanted the world.


This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is aromatically expressive and generously flavoured with freshly cut herbs, scrumptious tropical fruit with subtle notes of blackcurrant leaf.

We select fruit from vineyards throughout the Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley in the Marlborough wine region. This scope gives us the ability to consistently blend to our Giesen style year in, year out.

The fruit we select from the Wairau Valley adds brightness, tropical and citrus flavours, as well as tighter acidity to our Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc blend.

Compared to the Wairau Valley, the Awatere Valley is slightly cooler, drier, windier with higher elevation. The fruit selected from the Awatere Valley for this wine adds fullness, richness, the tropical notes are more grilled, herbal notes are more dry.

The Wairau Valley portion of our Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc wine forms the backbone of the blend. Historically, the Wairau Valley is where the first Sauvignon Blanc wines came from, this is where our first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc came from, it is the Wairau Valley where we own 13 vineyards and source the majority of the fruit for our Sauvignon Blanc wines.

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Giesen Estate

Great wines are the ones we remember sharing with family and friends - that’s why we created Giesen Estate. Our Estate wines showcase distinctive regional varieties which are generous, smooth, relaxing and most of all, taste great!

Vineyard

Marlborough - Wairau Valley & Awatere Valley

Winemaking

As soon as the fruit arrives in the winery the fruit is de-stemmed and gently pressed.

Specially selected yeasts are added to the juice to start fermentation which takes approximately three weeks at temperatures between 12 - 16 deg.C.

Gluten Free

Awards

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Tune and Shrimp

Fresh Shellfish

Such as mussels or clams, steamed in a simple tomato, garlic and fresh herb broth with a touch of chilli

Duncan Shouler

Duncan Shouler

Estate Winemaker

Duncan has always loved science and the outdoors. Winemaking in Marlborough allows him to enjoy his two passions every day. Read more

Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc

Let’s face it who doesn’t love Sauvignon Blanc? For more than 30 years Giesen Sauvignon Blanc has been giving us an opportunity to bring together great people for great times – so its appropriate we toast it. Thank goodness...

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Sauv Blanc Day

Giesen Lend A Hand With...

The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, known as Sauvignon 2016, is the first of its kind in New Zealand and starts on Monday 1 February running until late in the night of Wednesday 3 February 2016. The celebration is an...

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The New-Look Giesen Estat...

Next time you hit your local retailer, you might notice some pretty big changes. Our most popular wine range is sporting a crisp new look!

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Reviews

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Dan Murphy's Wine Panel

"Light, fresh Sauvignon Blanc, with restrained varietal flavours including passionfruit, fresh herbs, lemongrass and green capsicum. A suggestion of sweetness is balanced by fresh acidity to give an off-dry finish.
2020 Vintage, Reviewed December 2020."

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Bob Campbell, The Real Review

"Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – 5 Stars / Equal Top In Category (Sauv Blanc)
Eligible for Wine Of The Year

Results released November 2020"

Winestate Magazine, Australia

"Pure expression of Marlborough Sauvignon and good example of the style that has become so popular. Has that engaging mix of herbs and spices on the nose with passionfruit on the palate. Has a crunchy, fresh acidity that promotes a very long finish.
2020 Vintage, Reviewed March 2021."

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Ray Jordan, Cellar Talk - The West Australian

"Ripe, fruity and varietal with a classic bouquet of passionfruit and mango, apple, lemon and fresh herbs. Crunchy refreshing textures on the palate with vibrant flavours of citrus and white peach, lemon and tropical fruits laced with fresh herbs and a touch of grass. Drinking well new and through 2022.
2020 Vintage, Reviewed February 2021."

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Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

"This is textbook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with its vivaciously fresh and fruity flavours, bold and powerful intensity, and lingering crisp finish. The ripe tropical aromas are suggestive of a warm, dry vintage, which is exactly what the weather gods delivered in 2020. And while it's light-bodied, its long finish adds to the flavour memory banks. Outstanding value for money.
2020 Vintage, Reviewed February 2021."

Joelle Thomson, Wine Writer

"Pristine and fabulously fragrant, the wine shows passionfruit, green rockmelon, Granny Smith apple and lemon sorbet characters on the nose. The palate offers terrific fruit purity and intensity together with fine texture and bright acidity, making it instantly appealing. At its best: now to 2022.
2020 Vintage, Reviewed November 2020."

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Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"2014 Vintage: Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand now enjoy a worldwide reputation for quality and for the palate electrifying zing they deliver. What's unusual is to find one with those qualities at this price. Giesen's 2014 has an alluring lime-like citrus character that gives it Marlborough's hallmark cutting edginess, while not screaming or assaulting the palate. It a difficult line to walk, but Giesen does it well."

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Michael Apstein - US Wine Writer

"2014 Vintage: Mouthfilling, fleshy, Wairau Valley style with crisp, crunchy, gooseberryish, nettley flavours, showing good persistence. Fine value."

Winestate

"2015 Vintage: Subtle, elegant, with pretty floral notes. Delicate, nuanced, tropical palate."

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Bob Campbell - Real Review