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Excellent reviews of Giesen Clayvin & Small Batch Pinot Noir in Decanter Magazine

30 August 2016

The Single Vineyard Clayvin Pinot Noir 2013 and Small Batch Pinot Noir 2014 from Marlborough based family-owned winery Giesen have achieved excellent scores in the Pinot Noir Panel Tasting published in the September issue of Decanter Magazine. The wines were judged by Melanie Brown, Christine Parkinson & Philip Tuck MW:

Clayvin was Marlborough's first hillside vineyard and has produced some of the region's very best Pinot Noirs. Established in 1991 this organically farmed site is planted on complex, clay-based soils with high-density vines to produce low yields of quality grapes. The Clayvin vineyard has a reputation for producing long-lived wines that develop great complexity. Giesen purchased this 13.4ha vineyard in 2015 after sourcing grapes from it since 2011 and leasing it since 2013.

MB Real aromatic complexity, depth and purity enhanced by well­judged oak. Ample mid-palate fruit, but not at all jammy. Exquisite!

CP Intensely seductive liquorice and tar aromas then a complex palate of baked fruit and toast. The fruit undertones are precise and pure, while the smoky, chewy, peppery notes add another level of wonder.

PT Richly textured and intense black fruits are bright and vibrant and intermingle with wonderfully well-rounded oak which is enticing and warm. Spot on!

Lifted floral and citrus aromas. There is cocoa, cinnamon, cloves and coffee mingling with a bright juicy palate of raw red berries and length from acidity.


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