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Giesen Uncharted

Pinot Noir

Discover our new range that showcases Marlborough's finest.


This smooth, complex Pinot Noir is made with premium fruit harvested from select vineyards throughout the Southern Valleys. This Marlborough sub-region is known for growing rich, ripe, structured, spicy Pinot Noir.

On The Nose

Discover aromas of dark cherry and bramble, with sweet spice and subtle toasty notes.

On The Palate

Enjoy flavours of cherry compote, mocha and clove, with earthy smokey notes from careful barrel aging in French oak hogsheads. Expect a medium bodied wine with supple tannin structure.

 

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Giesen Uncharted

NEW! Our brand new Uncharted range invites you to discover the best of Marlborough. A place between the snow and the sea, where mountain ranges give way to rivers, and sunshine reigns supreme. Experience our tribute to this beautiful, untameable region. Join us, on an Uncharted journey.

Vineyard

Southern Valleys, Marlborough

Winemaking

We pay particular attention to detail in our Uncharted wines, hand-picking only small premium parcels of fruit from two blocks in our Southern Valleys vineyards with heavier soils. This adds texture and subtle flint notes, and ensures an intense and distinctive flavour profile that characterises the Southern Valleys subregion. The fruit was hand sorted in the vineyard to select only perfect bunches. 

Our premium fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and transferred to gravity-fed open top fermenters. Our winemakers handle each batch with care, with a portion receiving whole bunch fermentation.

After cold soaking, a warm ferment was used retain the wine's beautiful colour, and showcase distinct Marlborough Pinot Noir character. The wine is then aged in a selection of new and used French oak hogshead barrels, with natural malolactic fermentation occurring in the barrel.

Gluten Free

Awards

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2019

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Lamb Cutlets

Uncharted Pinot Noir is best served with New Zealand lamb cutlets marinated in garlic and fresh herbs before a quick char on the barbeque.

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Duncan Shouler

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Reviews

"Ripe, varietal, dense, fruity and most importantly - pinosity - a bouquet with scents of red berries and dark roses, fine baking spice layers and mild toasty wood complexity. On the palate - equally appealing with flavours of raspberry and dark cherry, a touch of dried herb then toasty oak spices of vanilla and a touch of clove. Medium+ acidity, firm-ish youthful tannins, balanced alcohol, complex and lengthy, A well made wine ready to enjoy from 2021 through 2026+
2019 Vintage, Reviewed November 2020."

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Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

"Pristine and gorgeously inviting, the bouquet shows dark plum, spiced cherry, olive and roasted nut aromas. It's equally attractive on the palate, displaying fleshy texture and silky tannins, making it comforting and highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2025.
2019 Vintage, Reviewed November 2020."

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Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"From grapes grown in the Southern Valleys subregion. Reasonably deep-tinted Pinot Noir with dark-fleshed plum, dark cherry, cassis, grape stems. Fine peppery tannins give structure without making the wine at all inaccessible. A smart Pinot with character.
2019 Vintage, Reviewed December 2020."

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Bob Campbell, The Real Review

"This bold, youthful red was grown in the Southern Valleys and matured in French oak puncheons (24% new). Full-coloured, it is freshly scented and vibrantly fruity, with generous, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, gently seasoned with oak, and supple tannins. Best drinking 2022+.
2019 Vintage, Reviewed November 2020."

Winestate New Zealand

"Deep, purple-hued ruby-red with some transparency, lighter on edge. The nose is soft and fragrant, nuances of dark shaded plums, cherries, melded with earth, deep florals, spices and an alluring bonfire smokiness. Medium-full bodied, the palate is clean with a sense of purity, aromas of black cherries, plums have a good core, unfolding thyme, violet, black pepper. The fruit is succulent, nuances of earth, liquorice provide a savoury balance and interest, broaden the palate. The finish is bright with vitality, supported by integrated acid. Fine-grained, velvety tannin form a fine structure, along with subtle barrel smokiness, lends an elegant, sustained finish. This is a dark-fruited Pinot Nor with complexing details on a fine structured velvety palate. Match with venison sausages and boar over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from Southern Valley, fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 13.2% alc, aged in French oak barrels, 24% new oak.
2019 Vintage, Reviewed December 2020."

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