Giesen is a name associated with taking New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to the world, mostly Australia but a recognised brand in the wine world. The Giesen brothers arrived in New Zealand in the early 1980 `s and began their grape growing and wine making journey in what was a relatively small industry in New Zealand at the time. Since then New Zealand and particularly Marlborough has become renowned for the single varietal Sauvignon Blanc.
It was a great pleasure to meet Theo Giesen and taste not only the most recognised of their wines the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc. The Giesen vineyards are spread over a wide range of soil types and conditions. Each site brings its own vineyard character and flavours, contributing to the crisp full flavoured spectrum of flavours associated with Marlborough sauvignon. They do produce other varieties but this is the main focus.
Family owned, Giesen is also producing the August (named after family member) is a different take on the variety. Barrel fermented this is a complex, textural wine and shows what can be done with this variety, a great wine worth trying if you are looking for more depth in your Sauvignon.