Easter Trophy for first Gewürztraminer
Giesen claimed the prestigious honours with The Brothers Gewürztraminer 2014, the first vintage the company has made with this style.
It was also awarded gold medals for its The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay 2014, Giesen The Fuder Matthews Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Giesen Estate Riesling 2015, Giesen Single Vineyard Selection Waihopai Pinot Noir 2015.
The Brothers Gewürztraminer 2014 has won multiple medals and accolades from leading winewriters. It was also named Trophy Gewürztraminer at the NZ International Wine Show last year.
Chief winemaker Nikolai St George said Kiwis have a growing taste for aromatics, for which the New Zealand climate is well suited.
“Aromatics are something that New Zealand does really well. We have a high amount of UV light and wonderfully clear skies – these help to produce incredibly aromatic fruit forward styles such as Gewürztraminer.”
The trophy winning Brothers Gewürztraminer 2014 is a blend of grapes from the lower Wairau and Rapaura’s Stump Creek vineyard.
St George said that each vintage, Giesen’s viticulture and winemaking teams identify striking parcels of fruit. Using ‘hands off’ winemaking, the wines are crafted to represent the best of vintage.
“The 2013/14 growing season started as one of the hottest on record with rapid, yet even growth, good flowering and fruit set.
“Then it changed! From late December through to the end of February it was cooler than average although the vineyards still achieved good berry development. March heralded another change, when it was warmer than the norm, providing development of flavour and concentration. Grapes were identified for ripeness and then harvested in parcels and kept separate for winemaking.”
The Brothers Gewürztraminer 2014 is an ideal partner for fresh sashimi, pickled ginger, soya sauce and wasabi.
“It’s perfect for those sort of flavours because its palate is luscious and succulent and even a touch viscous. In the mouth it is richly layered, giving flavours of quince, lemon jelly and spicy ginger root, all supported by classic rose petal,” St George said.
For more information, please contact: Nikolai St George 03 578 9057, 021 515 372
About Giesen Wines
Giesen Wines, established in 1981 by brothers Alex, Theo and Marcel is one of New Zealand’s top 10 wineries and is distributed in 40 countries. It owns 13 vineyards throughout the highly sought after Wairau Valley in Marlborough and has strong and longstanding relationships with high quality grape growers.
Giesen’s winemaking team is led by Nikolai St George who has won three consecutive ‘Winemaker of the Year’ titles, 2013 – 2015. Building their reputation over the last three decades with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Giesen has become specialists with the varietal and offer over nine varying Sauvignon Blanc styles.
Not to be mistaken as a one trick pony, Giesen make a range of premium wines to suit many occasions starting from the Estate range, up to The Brothers range, The August 1888, and the Single Vineyard Selection which includes their revered Fuder range of wines.
The highly regarded Ara brand is also part of their portfolio. Giesen are passionate about creating great wines that people around the world love. They also produce a range of craft beers through the Kaiser Brothers Brewery.
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