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Gold Award for the Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay

03 March 2016

Giesen The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay 2012 has been awarded a Gold medal in the 2015 Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters.

The wine excelled in the Oaked Chardonnay £30 - £50 category and was the only New Zealand wine to do so. Patrick Schmitt commented:

Outside the US, New Zealand’s Marlborough showed that its terroir is suitable for grapes other than Sauvignon Blanc, with Giesen’s The Fuder Chardonnay, which is sourced from the Clayvin Vineyard, gaining a Gold.”

The Drinks Business, February 2015

The Fuder range, comprising two styles of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, takes its name from the 1000 litre German oak barrels in which the wines are aged. Historically they were used to age Mosel wines and transport the finished wine.

Winemaker Marcel Giesen says: “The Fuder wines develop a greater complexity and refinement but the oak doesn’t dominate. The ratio of wine in contact with the barrel surface is less than smaller barrels so oak pick up is less. The staves of the barrel are thicker which means the temperature of ferment tends to be warmer and we find the fruit characters gain greater depth and complexity.”

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