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Barrel Fermented

Sauvignon Blanc

The August 1888 is a tribute to the Giesen brothers’ grandfather August (Aw-goost), a sommelier and restaurateur. Like it's namesake, this wine pushes boundaries.

We start in the vineyard with meticulous hands on practice dropping fruit, hand pruning and hand picking. Care continues with winemaking that includes wild fermentation and integrated oak regimes.

This attention to detail crafts a Sauvignon Blanc unlike any other; character-filled and complex, one that rewards cellaring.

Fruit from two iconic Giesen vineyards make up the The August 1888. Matthews Lane grapes add rich ripe tropical notes, steely, wet pebble aromas and purity. The organically managed and certified Dillons Point vineyard adds herbal notes, richness and structure.

In totality this creates a Sauvignon Blanc with a tropical nose featuring passionfruit and lime leaves. Its multi-dimensional and layered with toasty almonds, fresh brioche and incredible flinty notes. Well-integrated oak provides complexity and elegance.

Opening this Sauvignon Blanc makes every occasion special.

The August 1888

Just like the Giesen brothers’ grandfather August (Aw-goost), the sommelier and restaurateur born in 1888, this barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc pushes boundaries.


Wairau Valley - Dillon's Point Road & Matthews Lane


After hand picking, the fruit is whole bunch pressed to enhance flavour and retain acidity and purity.

80% of the free run juice is put in tanks before gravity filling second and third use 1000L German oak Fuder barrels with the remainder going to older French oak barriques.

Fermentation is left to happen naturally with wild yeasts to add extra texture and build depth and length.

The August 1888 is blended from barrel, lightly filtered before bottling a few months later and further matures in bottle.

It will continue to reward cellaring for another 10 years.

Gluten Free


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Dillons Point Vineyard

Lower Wairau Valley

Certified organic, Dillons Point Vineyard is the backbone of Giesen’s premium Sauvignon Blanc programme. It was the first vineyard purchased by the Giesen brothers in the Marlborough region in 1993. It is one of our most easterly vineyards with a maritime climate influence being close to the ocean, it is planted 100% with Sauvignon Blanc. Read more

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"2014 Vintage: Lovely developed characters marked by zesty grapefruit perfume and nutty smoke with integrated oak. Very textural with intense fruits of pineapple, grapefruit and ripe melon. May 2018"


International Wine Challenge 2018

"2013 Vintage: Another high-end Sauvignon Blanc that sees some oak aging, this is a rich, ripe wine, loaded with nectarine and citrus fruit. The oak framing is barely noticeable, but serves to highlight the silky texture and adds a pleasant grilled note on the long finish. March 2018"


Joe Czerwinksi - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"2013 Vintage: This distinctive wine is named after the Giesen brothers’ grandfather, August (pronounced ‘Ow-goost’) Giesen. Hand-picked and barrel-fermented, it is a commanding, weighty wine (14.5% alc/vol), complex and dry, with highly concentrated tropical-fruit flavours, slightly nutty, tightly structured and long. Maturing very gracefully, it’s currently in full stride. "

Michael Cooper

"2012 Vintage: Fermented in French oak barrels and German oak fuders, this is a superb example of oak-influenced sauvignon blanc. Very fleshy, weighty, complex and rich, it is finely textured, with concentrated, ripe, stonefruit flavours, gently seasoned with smoky oak. Delicious now. Rated highly by all judges. "


"2013 Vintage: This distinctive wine is named after the Giesen brothers' grandfather, August (pronounced 'Ow-goost') Giesen. The 2013 vintage («««««) was hand-picked and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. Light yellow/green, it is a commanding, weighty wine (14.5 per cent alcohol), complex and dry, with highly concentrated tropical-fruit flavours, slightly nutty, tight and long. Maturing gracefully, it's a very harmonious wine, likely to be at its best 2017+"

Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide