‘The Brothers’ range allows the Giesen brothers – Theo, Alex and Marcel – to truly share what drew them to Marlborough back in 1984, with cool climate wines that express the nuance and individuality of each vintage from the best vineyard parcels.
The 2009 ‘The Brothers’ Pinot Noir features particularly lifted aromatics that are vibrant and intense on the nose. The medium-bodied palate has plum and ripe cherry flavours with a touch of cedar, fine tannins and a lingering, dry finish.
On the evolution of ‘The Brothers’, Giesen Owner and Winemaker Marcel Giesen said: “When we arrived in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough, we set out to make consistent wines that people love to drink and this has always been the focus with our Estate range.”
“As our vineyards matured, we started to recognise small blocks within our vineyards with great potential and character. ’The Brothers’ range enables our viticultural and winemaking teams to work with small batches, trialling different methods and techniques, and exploring our personal passions for varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling,” Marcel said.
The excellent 2009 vintage produced ripe, clean and intensely flavoured Pinot Noir fruit, which was hand harvested and handled separately in the winery. After being pressed into 225L and 300L French oak barrels - ranging from new to third use - the barrel selection process eliminated all but the best nine barrels. These outstanding barrels were selected for their fruit intensity and vibrancy, balanced with texture, elegance and finesse, and produced approximately 3,000 bottles once blended.
The Giesen brothers own 700 acres of vineyard in the highly sought-after Wairau Valley of Marlborough. The Wairau Valley is an ancient river bed nestled between two mountain ranges, bordered to the north by Cook Strait. It’s a finite sub-region within the acclaimed Marlborough wine growing belt.
The Giesen brothers are continually working to improve their vineyards and nurture particularly expressive sites. Recently, this has included trials with a wholly organic, close planted pinot noir vineyard, which is likely to become part of The Brothers range in years to come. As is the New Zealand way, Giesen is certified in sustainable viticulture, reinvesting back into their vineyards for the future.
2009 Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Pinot Noir
There is strength of character and determination about the German-born Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel, who made the bold leap to make wine in New Zealand in 1984. Over the last 30 years they established 700 acres of vineyards in Marlborough’
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