Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"The journey of each Single Vineyard wine starts in a Marlborough vineyard selected for its unique terroir and climate. They are then nurtured with meticulous hands-on viticulture to ensure fruit produces highly concentrated flavour. Our winemaking expertise then allows these wines to speak for themselves, their purity becoming a showcase of the land.
This Pinot Noir offers bright, aromatic fruit aromas of blueberry and plum melding alongside violet, cinnamon and nutmeg, with aniseed influence. Its palate is jam-packed with red fruit and savoury character all overlaid with a subtle texture and fine grain tannin. This ensures a well integrated, focused and poised wine with lovely length.
The journey for this wine begins in the Waihopai Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough. The vineyard has 20 year old vines, free draining river gravels with mixed silt loam over a clay base. The vineyard is nurtured with meticulous hands-on viticulture to ensure fruit each vintage produces highly concentrated flavour."
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2014 Vintage)
"It is hugely appealing on the nose displaying dark cherry, smoked game, dark mushroom and floral notes. The palate is impressively weighted yet refined, offering layers of engaging savoury flavours, wonderfully supported by silky texture and fine, delicately drying tannins. At its best: now to 2022."
Ray Jordan, West Australian (2014 Vintage)
"There are more red and blue fruit characters in this wine than the Ridge Block. It's a beautiful textured wine with an exotic mix of spices and subtle savoury characters. Love the tannin profile which adds a textural feel to the plate. Distinctive and worth a serious look. Best drinking now to 2027."
92/100 & Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018 (2014 Vintage)
"One of Giesen's top single-vineyard wines, this is elegant and silky. Aromas of red berries, flowers, coffee grounds and cinnamon sticks are wrapped in a savoury, dried leaf core. Light to medium in body, everything is in balance, from the delicate acidity and satiny tannins to the juicy, tart red fruit and floral flavours. Drink now–2026."