An aromatic blend of elderflower, kaffir lime leaf, pink grapefruit and dried herb. This wine has vibrant citrus and concentrated fruit on the palate, finishing crisp and bright.
Brothers Alex, Theo and Marcel Giesen grew up in Germany tending to “hobby” vines in the family’s back yard. As
young men in the 1980’s, they emigrated to New Zealand where they quickly bought land and put their cool-climate viticulture
experience to use growing Sauvignon Blanc in what was at that time the southern-most vineyard in the
world. Many thought them crazy. Today that region, Marlborough, is renowned for its world-class,
distinctively fruit-driven Sauvignon Blanc. The Geisen has a vibrant base of tropical fruit, gooseberry,
and pink grapefruit with complex aromas and tastes of peach, Kaffir lime, lemongrass, elderflower, and
dried herbs. The finish is vibrant, long, dry and bright with the tang of minerals and a zesty acidity.
It is among the most exuberant yet balanced Sauvignon Blancs we have seen from that neck of
the woods, and it would be a fine addition for your special occasions and an exceptional match
for the many lighter foods that will surely accompany them this summer.
|Growing up in Germany as the sons of a stonemason may not be the most likely start for the founders of a New Zealand winery, but when you look closer, wine is practically running in Theo, Alex and Marcel Giesen’s veins. For centuries, their family members have been involved in the culinary and wine trades, as sommeliers, restaurateurs and other related careers. As youths, the boys had a hobby vineyard that first ignited their interest in grapes.
While Alex and Theo were initially travelling abroad in Australia and then through New Zealand, they quickly fell in love with the lands. The brothers noticed a limited range of wines available during a chance visit to a local wine shop, with most bottles from the warmer North Island. Alex and Theo agreed the cooler climate of the South Island would be an ideal place to grow certain wines like Riesling, a popular German varietal. This was the catalyst to purchase their first land, in Burnham on the outskirts of Christchurch.
Alex and Theo contacted Marcel, who was still in Germany, and explained the purchase. Marcel joined his brothers in New Zealand a few years later after completing a degree in winemaking. The brothers’ shared business values and love of wine prompted them to start Giesen Wines. Together, the brothers cultivated what was at that point the world’s southernmost vineyard.
Starting out as small fish in a small industry did not discourage the brothers. They continued to work at what they loved and bring their passion for wine to every bottle they touched.
Today, we’re proud to have operations throughout the Marlborough region. Our company is built on the brothers’ shared passion and family values - every member of the Giesen Wines team works together on building up and maintaining the reputation of the Giesen name worldwide.