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From the Waihopai Valley, this Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is hand tended to and delivers a beautiful complex wine representative of the special place it comes from.
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.
This Pinot Noir offers bright, aromatic fruit aromas of blueberry and plum melding alongside violet, cinnamon and nutmeg, with aniseed influence. Its palate is jam-packed with red fruit and savoury character all overlaid with a subtle texture and fine grain tannin. This ensures a well integrated, focused and poised wine with lovely length.
The journey for this wine begins in the Waihopai Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough. The vineyard has 20 year old vines, free draining river gravels with mixed silt loam over a clay base. The vineyard is nurtured with meticulous hands-on viticulture to ensure fruit each vintage produces highly concentrated flavour.
A selection of wines which speak of the special place they come from, crafted from single vineyards with unique terroir and climate. Our winemakers ensure the purity of the wine becomes a showcase of the land.
Waihopai Valley, Marlborough - Waihopai Vineyard
Fruit is selectively hand harvested and warmed immediately before fermentation.
The wine is rested in 300L Hogshead barrels with a portion of up to 30% new oak.
"2015 Vintage: Beautifully lifted aromas of dark cherry, plum, game, clove and dried herb on the nose. The impact on the palate is elegant and soothing, yet with great power and persistency. Very fine, poised and promising to evolve magnificently. At its best: 2018 to 2025."
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
"2014 Vintage: One of Giesen's top single-vineyard wines, this is elegant and silky. Aromas of red berries, flowers, coffee grounds and cinnamon sticks are wrapped in a savory, dried leaf core. Light to medium in body, everything is in balance, from the delicate acidity and satiny tannins to the juicy, tart red fruit and floral flavors. Drink now–2026. March 2018"
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"2014 Vintage: It is hugely appealing on the nose displaying dark cherry, smoked game, dark mushroom and floral notes. The palate is impressively weighted yet refined, offering layers of engaging savoury flavours, wonderfully supported by silky texture and fine, delicately drying tannins. At its best: now to 2022."
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
"2014 Vintage: There are more red and blue fruit characters in this wine than the Ridge Block. It's a beautiful textured wine with an exotic mix of spices and subtle savoury characters. Love the tannin profile which adds a textural feel to the plate. Distinctive and worth a serious look. Best drinking now to 2027."
Ray Jordan - Australian Wine Writer
"The Single Vineyard Clayvin Pinot might get all the attention but just between us, we prefer this one. It’s full bodied, rich and complex in style full of dark cherry fruit flavours but with an irresistible smoky, spicy, forest floor thing going on! Gorgeous!
James Suckling - American Wine Writer
"Ranked #3 of 126 2012 Pinot Noirs from Marlborough"
The Real Review