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Late Harvest

Sauvignon Blanc

A consistent award winning dessert wine, having won 25 gold medals and 14 trophies over the last three vintages. A single vineyard Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc that is hand picked and grape-stomped the traditional way, delivering a beautiful highly concentrated wine worthy of the accolades it has been awarded.


We source the Sauvignon Blanc fruit for this wine from our Alma St Vineyard. The vineyard is netted to protect it, which allows the grapes to hang on the vine for longer. Eventually the fruit shrivels which gives concentrated sugars, this is when the fruit is ready for hand picking, normally late May.

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.

Our Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc has concentrated citrus and stone fruit aromas with a luscious concentrated palate that exudes delectable tropical fruit flavours and vibrant acidity.  A must try wine.

The Brothers

Just as the three Giesen brothers journey bought them to New Zealand we travel to great lengths to find the best of every vintage. We strive to ensure The Brothers wines are rich and rewarding while retaining elegance and purity.

Vineyard

Marlborough - Alma Street Vineyard

Winemaking

Whole bunches of Sauvignon Blanc grapes are crushed by foot before being basket pressed over three to four hours extracting all the juice.

Grape-stomping is part of the method of maceration used in traditional winemaking. Rather than using a wine press, grapes are crushed by having barefoot participants repeatedly stomp on them in vats to release their juices and begin fermentation. Our cellar team love making this wine - it's a fun day stomping on the grapes!

The juice is then fermented slowly over the following two months, with one parcel in a 1000L German oak Fuder barrel.

Once the sugar, acid and alcohol balance has been achieved the wine is racked and filtered without fining, before it is held cold in tank until bottling in September.

Dairy FreeGluten Free

Awards

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Fig and frangipane tart

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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

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Late Harvest Sauvignon Bl...

We source the Sauvignon Blanc fruit for this wine from our Alma St Vineyard. The vineyard is netted to protect it, which allows the grapes to hang on the vine for longer. Eventually the fruit shrivels which gives concentrated sugars, this...

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Easter Recipe

Easter 2016: Passionfru...

Keen on trying something a little different this Easter? Indulge your sweet tooth by pairing Giesen Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc with an easy make-ahead passionfruit mousse topped with shavings of decadent white chocolate. You might be wondering, ‘What does...

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Reviews

"2014 Vintage: Beltingly good bitter orange and nut brittle aromatics with bread and butter pudding creaminess and toasted almond finish."

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International Wine Challenge

"The lovely 2014 vintage is a single-vineyard, hand-picked wine. Golden, honeyed and rich, with an oily texture, it is highly concentrated, with peachy, unabashedly sweet flavours (252 grams/litre of residual sugar), balanced acidity, a strong botrytis influence, and lots of current-drinking appeal."

Air New Zealand Wine Awards

"2013 Vintage: Thick, unctuous and impressive, this is one seriously sweet Sauvignon Blanc. Honey and bergamot notes mark the nose, while the palate features more citrus and folds in hints of pineapple as well. Long and sticky on the finish. March 2018"

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Joe Czerwinski - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"2013 Vintage: Delicate floral aromas, marmalade with delicate honey notes. Lemon, mangoes and tropical fruit on the palate. Liquid gold, showing perfect balance, with a delectable lychee note. Like an angel crying on your tongue. Utterly wonderful!"

International Wine Challenge

"2013 Vintage: Pale gold, fleshy, honeyed wine with ripe peach, apricot and passionfruit flavours, sweet and soft. ‘Very moreish’, enthused one judge. "

Winestate

"2013 Vintage: Intense in its varietal signature pushed along with aromas of baked golden kiwifruit, apples and peaches, some toffee notes and loads of sweet honey. On the palate – delicious, lush, fresh, sweet, lively and loaded with flavour from topical to herbal to honeyed to apple. Great acidity and finish."

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Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier

"2012 Vintage: This beauty romped straight to five stars on all of the judges’ scoresheets. Light gold, it is highly concentrated, sweet and oily, in a ‘decadent’ style with an array of apricot, golden syrup, nut and honey flavours, luscious and long. (Harvested in July at 38 brix.) "

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