Clayvin Vineyard – Giesen Wine
Clayvin vineyard is considered as a new world grand cru site, consistently scoring excellently from critics around the world and there is an explanation.
Clayvin Vineyard, located in the Southern Valleys, North facing slope, first commercial hillside vineyard in Marlborough, established in 1991 by the Eaton family. Full vineyard site is 13.4 ha, primarily planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a few parcels of Syrah. Currently under Giesen's careful custodianship and fully certified organic with BioGro NZ.
High clay content soils, claypans throughout the vineyard, formed from ancient glaciers, some of the oldest soils in Marlborough. Clay soils have high water retention quality, strong root systems, enables roots to push down making vines less reliant on irrigation.
The vineyard planting is high density with 5,500 vines per hectare, compared with the typical Marlborough planting of 2,000-2,500 vines per hectare. The high-density planting creates natural competition among the vines, reducing vigour, producing concentrated clusters of berries, promoting root structure and intensity of flavour. In a real sense, it means "one bottle of Clayvin wine per vine".
The vines put their energy into survival rather than vegetative growth. Furthermore, they have to push their roots down through the soil for nutrients, which in turn controls vigour with more of the vine’s energy going into fruiting rather than leaf growth. The claypans have rich iron and magnesium which contributed to the great structure of the final wine.
The vines are now 30 years of age, with deep root systems, resulting in low yields, great concentration and richness, showing a strong sense of place.
Here, I reviewed the current release of Giesen Clayvin Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Giesen The Fuder Series Clayvin Chardonnay 2016, MarlboroughChardonnay from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 14-Jan-2021Bright, medium straw-yellow with a light gold hue, slightly lighter on the rim. The bouquet is expressive and full, nuances of toast, roasted nuts are filling the glass, along with stonefruit, citrus, bonfire and minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is bright and delicate, the aroma of lemon, apricot has a fine core, unveiling hazelnuts, toast and a hint of toffee; soft ginger white spices linger to a long, sustained finish. A light phenolic line added to the silky mouthfeel, supported by a precise acid tension. This is an elegant Chardonnay with precision and fineness, showing subtle positive developments adorn complexity. Match this with roasted guinea fowl and tiger prawns over the next 8+ years. Selectively handpicked, whole bunch pressed, wild yeast starter fermented in 1,000L German fuder to 13.3% alc, rested on lees for 11 months, 100% MLF. BioGro organic certified. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) Jan 2021 RRP $56.99
Giesen Single Vineyard Clayvin Pinot Noir 2016, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 14-Jan-2021Deep, ruby-black with a slight garnet hue and some transparency, lighter colourless edged. The nose is alluringly fragrant, packed with black cherries, plums aromatic underlying fragrant black tea, earthy minerals, subtle dark herbs and spices. Medium-full bodied, a broad palate displaying aromas of black cherries, sour plums, deep floral and tea fragrances along with savoury earth, and delicate spice. The mouthfeel is exquisite and silky along a fine structured, elegant tannin line; unfolding attractive aromatic tea and black pepper linger to a long and smooth closing. Acid is lacy and well-integrated, providing freshness and balance to the breadth palate. This is a class Pinot Noir with harmonious flavour balance and attractive aromatics on a silky, structured palate. Match with duck casserole and herb-crusted lamb over the next 6+ years. 19.5/20 pts (96 pts) Jan 2021 RRP $59.99