Director of Winemaking
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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This organic Chardonnay exudes vibrant citrus flavour, delivered with length and complexity.
It is our viticulture practice to use organic philosophy throughout all of our viticulture management on all of our vineyards, not just our certified organic vineyards.
We see organics as being about improving our soil structure and helping the soil to hold onto water and nutrients. If the land is continually replenished, the soil will be healthy, and so will the plants and fruit.
Hand-picked organic fruit for this limited edition vegan-friendly Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our prized single vineyard in Marlborough.
This vineyard reflects our approach to organics; we prioritise vine health and minimal interference in order to craft the best quality wine.
Certified by BioGro New Zealand 5096
We believe legacy is vital, so we aim to leave the land better than we found it. That’s why we're passionate about organics - as a means of improving the environment. And as an added bonus, the Giesen brothers are delighted by the quality of the grapes and the rich, intense wines resulting from our premium organic fruit.
Southern Valleys, Marlborough
Organic wines are about being proactive rather than reactive. We aim for balance and vine health with minimal inputs. Cooler temperatures during flowering meant reduced berry size and bunch weight. Smaller berries ensure intense, concentrated flavours. The cool start was followed by very warm, dry conditions which remained through to harvest across Marlborough. These conditions ensured great depth of flavour, superb texture and balanced acidity and sugar levels.
To create a Chardonnay with intense flavour and texture our winemakers separated the juice into three parcels and treated each one differently. One was fermented clean and bright to create intense aromatics, the second received a wild fermentation which adds texture and depth of flavour and the final component was fermented in oak barrels to create a wine with rich mouth-feel. The winemakers then tasted each parcel and blended to create an organic wine of intense aromatics and generous flavour and length.
"This youthful, very ageworthy wine has a fragrant, complex, slightly biscuity bouquet. Weighty, with generous, peachy, citrusy, mealy flavours, it is complex and savoury, with a creamy-textured, very harmonious and lingering finish. Best drinking 2022+.
2019 Vintage, Reviewed November 2020."
Winestate New Zealand
Melbourne International Wine Competition 2021
"Harmonious nose of lightly butter toast, lime and white stone fruit. Gently creamy apple and pear palate, lanolin notes.
2016 Vintage; Awarded Silver Medal 2021"
Decanter World Wine Awards