Discover a place between the snow and the sea. Where mountain ranges give way to rivers, and sunshine reigns supreme. Where the three Giesen Brothers discovered an affinity for the finest Marlborough wines, and where we craft our tribute to this beautiful, untamable region.
This crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand. The Awatere Valley is well-known for producing Sauvignon with tropical aromatics, such as grilled pineapple and dry herbs, and for delivering wine with beautiful texture and age ability. The two blocks selected for this wine combine to produce a wonderfully aromatic and delicate Sauvignon Blanc that is classically Awatere in character.
On The Nose
Expect fresh herbs with green pineapple and kaffir lime, with subtle salt air characters.
On The Palate
Enjoy the lively crispness, balanced by richness from the barrel fermented component. Flavors of grilled pineapple with a mineral edge and subtle tomato stalk on the finish.
We pay particular attention to detail in our Uncharted wines, selecting only small premium parcels of fruit from two of our Awatere Valley vineyards with heavier soils. This adds texture and subtle flint notes, and ensures an intense and distinctive flavor profile that characterizes the Awatere Valley subregion.
This wine is aged on lees for three to four months which gives a really beautiful mouth feel. A small percentage of the wine is aged in 1000L German Fuder barrels, allowing our winemakers to add just a touch of oak while allowing the fruit to sing.
How I’m Grown
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. 2020 was a great year for Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc, with clean flavors of wild herbs, tomato leaf and green pineapple. Fruit came from two blocks in the Awatere, both displaying exceptional Awatere characters, one being more tropical with green pineapple flavors, and the other being quite herbal. The marriage between the two blocks gives a wonderfully aromatic and delicate Sauvignon Blanc that is classic Awatere in character.
The Tech Info
Alc 12.5% • pH 3.3 • TA 6.5g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8 g/l
Match Me With
Smoked wild trout salad with new season potatoes, cherry tomatoes and peas.