Wine Enthusiast loved the 2013 vintage of this supple, plummy Pinot Noir, rating it 90 points and declaring “The quality at the high end of the Giesen lineup has been steadily increasing over recent years. This is a supple, complete Pinot, combining brown sugar, black cherries and sous bois notes effortlessly into a medium-bodied wine with no hard edges. Drink now-2020.”
Giesen is a winery owned by three jovial brothers, located in the Wairau Valley district of Marlborough, New Zealand. The soils here are derived from an ancient river bed emanating from two mountain ranges and bordered to the north by Cook Strait. This smaller section of Marlborough is cooler and drier than the rest of the appellation, featuring stony, early-ripening sites to ocean-moderated coastal sites. Soils are more free-draining to the north nearer the river bed.