Ara 2013 ‘Select Blocks’ K54, M36 and M62 Marlborough Pinot Noirs

The wine industry has seen the very rapid rise of Giesen in the making of top-flight wines well beyond the mass of Sauvignon Blanc they have become well-known for. The complex and sophisticated ‘Fuder’ wines and single vineyard expressions such as those from the ‘Clayvin’ site created over the last few years has meant that Giesen has now joined the group of producers making some of the most interesting wine in Marlborough. The Giesen family took on former Matua winemaker Nikolai St George at the start of the year to step up the process.

The recent sale of Ara Wines saw the company’s vineyards go to Indevin, while the brand assets and bottled stock went to Giesen Wines. The acquisition of the Ara brand will enable Giesen to expand their marketing reach and deepen their premium portfolio. The Giesens see the Ara wines made by Jeff Clarke as offering very high quality with a difference to the existing Giesen premium wines. It is a difference they are keen to cultivate, and now have former Ara chief winemaker Jeff Clarke as a consultant working with Nikolai St George to continue the styles he developed, but employing the fruit from Giesen’s existing 285 ha of vineyards in the region. The 2016 vintage will be the first of these wines.

In the meantime, there are existing stocks of Ara wines to be commercialised. Here, I review three of Ara’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir wines under the ‘Select Block’ label.


  • Ara ‘Select Block K54’ ‘Limited Release’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Ara ‘Select Block M36’ ‘Limited Release’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Ara ‘Select Block M62’ ‘Limited Release’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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