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Clayvin

Pinot Noir

From world renowned Clayvin Vineyard in the Southern Valleys, a certified organic Pinot Noir with excellent intensity and a structured foundation.


The journey of each Single Vineyard wine starts in a Marlborough vineyard selected for its unique terroir and climate. They are then nurtured with meticulous hands-on viticulture to ensure fruit produces highly concentrated flavour. Our winemaking expertise then allows these wines to speak for themselves, their purity becoming a showcase of the land.

Established in 1993, Clayvin Vineyard was Marlborough’s first significant hillside vineyard. North facing, the vineyard planting is high density. This density creates natural competition among the vines, reducing vigour, promoting root structure and intensity of flavour. It also means that the vineyard only produces ‘one bottle of Clayvin Pinot Noir per vine’.

This Single Vineyard Clayvin Pinot Noir is earthy, with wild strawberry and red cherry. It’s restrained with good intensity and a structured foundation, finishing with great length.

World renowned vineyard ‘Clayvin’ has historically set the standard for premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production from Marlborough.

Clayvin Vineyard

Clayvin vineyard is a living tribute to Marlborough’s viticultural history. Organic with 24 year old vines, clay soil, high density plantings deliver wines of great concentration and richness. Our finest wines from a distinctive, revered vineyard.

Vineyard

Southern Valleys, Marlborough - Clayvin Vineyard

Winemaking

After selective hand picking the wine is transferred to the winery and received a basket press.

Following five to 10 days of cold soaking it is left to ferment naturally with ferment temperatures peaking at 30-33C.

Basket pressed, then matured in 225-300L French Oak with a mix of new and second fill.

Certified OrganicGluten Free

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Clayvin Vineyard

Southern Valleys

Clayvin vineyard is the cornerstone of our premium wine programme. It was Marlborough's first significant hillside vineyard. High density organic vineyard on clay soil with 24 year old vines, rewards with fruit that has great concentration, structure and tannin overlaid with minerality. Planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Read more

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Nikolai St George

Estate Winemaker

Nikolai St George leads Giesen’s winemaking team ensuring they offer a suite of wines for wine lovers across the world to enjoy. Nikolai joined Giesen in early 2016 bringing with him three consecutive ‘Winemaker of the Year’ titles. Read more

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Clayvin Pinot Noir

The journey of each Single Vineyard wine starts in a Marlborough vineyard selected for its unique terroir and climate. They are then nurtured with meticulous hands-on viticulture to ensure fruit produces highly concentrated flavour. Our winemaking expertise then allows...

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Reviews

"2013 Vintage: This is plush and oaky, with cedar, vanilla and baking spices layered atop cherry-berry fruit. The midpalate is rich and round, while the finish is a bit astringent. Try in 2019. March 2018"

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Joe Czerwinski - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"2013 Vintage: From this famed vineyard at high density planting (about 8,000 vines/ha), the vines were crop-thinned to minuscule 1 kg/vine. Glorious aromas of dark fruit, game, black olive and truffle lead to a powerful yet graceful palate that is seamless and expansive. The wine exhibits awesome presence on the palate with rich mouthfeel and loads of fine, grainy tannins. Bold and stylish, and finishes extremely long. At its best: now to 2025."

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Sam Kim - Wine Orbit

"2013 Vintage: Deep ruby, the beautiful 2013 vintage («««««) is sweet-fruited and concentrated, with impressive structure and harmony. Powerful, dense and silky, it has lovely flow across the palate, with a lingering finish"

Michael Cooper Buyer’s Guide

"2013 Vintage: This beautiful wine went straight to a five-star rating on all of the judges’ score-sheets. Deep ruby, it is sweet-fruited and concentrated, with impressive structure and harmony. Powerful, dense, silky and lingering, with lovely flow across the palate, it was praised by one panellist as ‘great!’"

Winestate

"2012 Vintage: Giesen now leases the hillside Clayvin vineyard that was once exclusively used by Fromm vineyards. This is a refined, elegant and quite linear pinot noir with dense, ripe plum, cherry and mineral flavours. It showcases a seasoning of spice including anise, plus a delicious undercurrent of toasty and savoury characters that could possibly be oak derived. This pinot noir is firmly structured and, although it can be appreciated now, I have no doubt that it will deliver so much more in just a few years time."

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Bob Campbell - Gourmet Traveller Wine

"2015 Vintage: Exquisitely composed and perfectly proportioned, this stunning pinot exhibits dark fruit, game, violet, cedar and mixed spice aromas with nuances of cocoa and dark mushrooms. The palate delivers magnificent fruit weight and intensity, while remaining refined and restrained. A wine of great presence and style. At its best: 2019 to 2027."

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Sam Kim - Wine Orbit