Giesen, Sauvignon blanc, Wine of New Zealand, Marlborough, 2014
From vineyards on a variety of free draining soils on the Wairau Plains of Marlborough. This area, bisected almost east-west by the Wairau river, is protected to the north and west by high Richmond Range and to the south by the lesser Wither Hills. The climate is mild and Mediterranean, with a progressively drier climate inland, with irrigation water for the dry summer months provided by the Wairau. As vineyard continues to expand in the region, there is a wide polyculture too, water supply is becoming an issue.
This wine: Screw cap closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, about £8
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of ripe green eating apple, grapefruit pith, with a warmer note of stone fruit (after a night in the fridge with the air pumped out, this note crystallizes as tinned yellow peach evolving rapidly to passionfruit), and a sweet herbaceous undertone.
Palate: a dry wine, with high acidity, a low-key gummy grip, medium alcohol and body, a smooth texture, of medium intensity, with flavors of ripe white grapefruit, galia melon, unripe stone fruit and a herbaceous minty hint. A medium (+) length with a clean, refreshing, citrussy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with acidity slightly high for the alcohol, nevertheless still giving a decently balanced wine. Modest levels of youthful fruit intensity, showing modest complexity, which follow through to the medium length and a mouth clean finish. This wine is ready now, will keep for 1-2 years, but not improve.