Easily passing on the value stakes, Giesen Riesling is so popular because of its perfect balance of sweetness and acid, making it just oh so drinkable. At this price it's great to have a few bottles chilling in the fridge for those warm summer months.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"A vivacious Riesling with succulent citrus blossom, alluring lime and sweet mandarin with a delightfully crisp, refreshing off-dry finish. This Riesling brings together outstanding fruit from two of New Zealand’s preeminent Riesling areas – Marlborough & Waipara. The fruit selected from Marlborough adds a textural element, richness, citrus flavours and ageability to the wine. Waipara gives us our fabulous floral aromatics. There is a reason this is New Zealand’s favourite Riesling – try it for yourself."
18.5/20 Joelle Thomson, October 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"This is the biggest-selling Riesling in New Zealand and is medium sweet with 9.5% ABV and a great balance of acidity, which comes from cool South Island nights. The 2020 vintage was a great one for quality thanks to long, warm, dry autumn weather and despite challenges thrown up by the global pandemic. This wine has a medium body, intense flavours of peach and ripe mandarin with a long, flavoursome finish and juicy texture."
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"It is splendidly fruited and instantly appealing on the nose showing ripe apple, mango, orange peel and floral characters, leading to a vibrant palate that is light and juicy. The wine offers attractive sweetness and supple mouthfeel, wonderfully supported by refreshing acidity, making it a fabulous drink. Style: Medium. At its best: now to 2025."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Ripe, tangy riesling with lime, citrus, floral, wildflowers and a suggestion of spice and root ginger. Deliciously fresh with attractive sweet-and-sour tension. Very approachable now but with the potential to develop well in bottle."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Instantly attractive, this vivacious wine is light-bodied (9.5% alc/vol) and gently sweet with an array of fruit flavours and a finely balanced, smooth finish. New Zealand’s biggest-selling riesling."
4 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine Riesling Tasting, February 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Pretty, elegant and floral with light white blossom and lush red apple aromas. A sweet palate with plenty of acid backbone to hold everything in balance providing a delightful – almost irresistible – moreish quality to this wine. Quite insatiable."