Media Release July 2012
Family owned New Zealand wine brand Giesen Wines have just achieved national distribution for three of their vintage wines due to their immense popularity and ever increasing level of demand. The 2011 Estate Riesling, the 2011 Estate Pinot Gris and the 2010 Estate Merlot are now available nationwide, having previously only been available through select independent stores.
“Our passion for winemaking is present in every bottle of wine. Our diverse and outstanding vineyard sites, leading viticultural practices and consistent winemaking have allowed us to deliver a remarkably refreshing, unfailingly consistent, eminently drinkable wine.” Theo, Alex and Marcel Giesen.
The 2011 Estate Riesling is made with a blend of fruit from a vineyard in the lower Hawkesbury along with a vineyard in the lower Waihopai. The Waihopai vineyard fruit was hand-picked, pressed and separated into a few small batches which were fermented under different conditions. One batch was fermented using wild yeast, another was inoculated and fermented cool, while the last batch was stopped sweet with low alcohol in order to achieve the perfect balance.
The 2011 Estate Pinot Gris is made with fruit from three vineyards in the Rapaura area of Marlborough’
The 2010 Estate Merlot was made in large stainless steel open top fermenters which are plunged three times per day with gentle pumpovers towards the end of the fermentation process in order to maximise the fruit and natural tannin balance. The wine was matured for three months with French and American oak. A light egg white fining was the finishing touch before bottling.
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 1981. Over the past 31 years, they have established over 700 acres of vineyards in Marlborough’
As is the New Zealand way, Giesen is certified in SWNZ (Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand) practice but have taken it a step further with conversion to organic viticulture in established and new vineyards.
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