Giesen Uncharted Range
The Uncharted range celebrates its homeland; a place between the snow and the sea, where mountain ranges give way to rivers, and sunshine reigns supreme. Each wine reflects the unique sub-region where it is grown within the Marlborough region, taking on the individual characters and flavours typical to that area.
The 2020 harvest season will be one to remember for decades to come. Just as harvest had started the government announced a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. Despite the adversities that this put on the team, 2020 produced some spectacular results with top quality fruit and what will be an outstanding vintage.
Sauvignon Blanc fruit is hand-selected from heavy soil vineyards in the Awatere Valley, a premium sub-region in Marlborough. Awatere Valley is slightly cooler, drier, windier with higher elevation and is known for great minerality and texture.
Chardonnay is from a blend of outstanding vineyard sites located in the Southern Valleys and Wairau Valley Marlborough sub-regions. Vineyards chosen all have heavy soil which gives subtle flint character and more texture in the wine.
Pinot Noir 2019 was hand-selected from throughout the Southern Valleys, a region renowned for growing Pinot Noir with great colour, intensity, excellent texture and ripeness. The dry 2019 growing season created a bounty of intense flavours and quality within our naturally low yielding Southern Valleys vineyards. The summer was hot and dry, creating fruit with generous aromatics, intensity, texture and lovely natural acidity.
All three wines show purity and skilful 'hands-off' winemaking allow the fruit to shine with refine details. Here I review the first Giesen Uncharted range.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Giesen Uncharted Sauvignon Blanc 2020, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 15-Dec-2020Bright, even, pale yellow. The nose is softly full, vibrant with penetrating aromas of limes, lychees, melded with elderflower and spicy notes of fresh-cut herbs. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, the palate is elegantly presented, crunchy lime sorbet underlined lychees, passionfruit, along with white spices and elderflower cordial. The fruit has a tropical tone, illustrated softly, adorn by elderflower and well-balanced acidity, flow with poise and grace along a fine-textured phenolic line. Subtle white spices intermix fresh-cut herbs of scallions and basil lifted the finish to linearity. This is an elegantly-soft Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant tropical fruit of limes and lychees, along with elderflower and spice details. Match with clams and whitebait fritters over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from Awatere Valley, fermented to 12.5% alc, 2.8 g/l RS, on lees for 3 to 4 months in a mix of vessels; stainless steel, 300L French barrels and 1,000L German Fuder. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Dec 2020 RRP $19.99
Giesen Uncharted Chardonnay 2020, MarlboroughChardonnay from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 15-Dec-2020Bright, pale yellow with some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is soft and poise, aromas of citrus, pineapple entwined with barrel-fermented notes of flint and creamy lees nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-packed with pineapple, Meyer lemons and peaches; enriched by well-proportioned oak spices and flint. The palate is creamy with a lightness supported by lacy acidity and a fine spicy, phenolic textured-line, linger to a harmonious, sustained finish. Match with monkfish stew and chicken & corn over the next 3-5 years. Handpicked fruit from Southern and Wairau Valley, fermented and aged in French oak hogshead, puncheons and 1,000L German Fuder for 10 months, 10% new oak, 18% one-year-old oak with the balance older. 13.5% alc, 1.2g/l RS. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Dec 2020 RRP $29.99
Giesen Uncharted Pinot Noir 2019, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 15-Dec-2020Deep, purple-hued ruby-red with some transparency, lighter on edge. The nose is soft and fragrant, nuances of dark shaded plums, cherries, melded with earth, deep florals, spices and an alluring bonfire smokiness. Medium-full bodied, the palate is clean with a sense of purity, aromas of black cherries, plums have a good core, unfolding thyme, violet, black pepper. The fruit is succulent, nuances of earth, liquorice provide a savoury balance and interest, broaden the palate. The finish is bright with vitality, supported by integrated acid. Fine-grained, velvety tannin form a fine structure, along with subtle barrel smokiness, lends an elegant, sustained finish. This is a dark-fruited Pinot Nor with complexing details on a fine structured velvety palate. Match with venison sausages and boar over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from Southern Valley, fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 13.2% alc, aged in French oak barrels, 24% new oak. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Dec 2020 RRP $29.99