Giesen

The August 1888 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

9.24 ratings
9.22 pro ratings
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc
Top Notes For
Casey @ Travelling Corkscrew

So yesterday was #SauvBlancDay which was a great occasion to indulge in this bottle of Giesen 2013 The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc. As you can guess from the age, it’s not your typically Sauvy. It’s also 14.5% abv which is high for a white.

According to the Giesen website: “80% of the free run juice is put in tanks before gravity filling second and third use 1000L German oak Fuder barrels with the remainder going to older French oak barriques. Fermentation is left to happen naturally with wild yeasts to add extra texture and build depth and length.”

So how was it? In the glass it’s a medium hay like colour. On the nose it oozes with flavour, think tropical 🌴 fruits like passionfruit and some rounded honeydew melon 🍈. There’s also a hint of nuts. In the mouth it has a bit of minerality and nearly a saline/salty character to it which I found really interesting. Spiced pears 🍐 and bits of dehydrated pineapple 🍍 also came through for me. A truly gorgeous wine! Also it can be cellared for around 10 years!

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!
#tcweekdaywine

So yesterday was #SauvBlancDay which was a great occasion to indulge in this bottle of Giesen 2013 The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc. As you can guess from the age, it’s not your typically Sauvy. It’s also 14.5% abv which is high for a white.

According to the Giesen website: “80% of the free run juice is put in tanks before gravity filling second and third use 1000L German oak Fuder barrels with the remainder going to older French oak barriques. Fermentation is left to happen naturally with wild yeasts to add extra texture and build depth and length.”

So how was it? In the glass it’s a medium hay like colour. On the nose it oozes with flavour, think tropical 🌴 fruits like passionfruit and some rounded honeydew melon 🍈. There’s also a hint of nuts. In the mouth it has a bit of minerality and nearly a saline/salty character to it which I found really interesting. Spiced pears 🍐 and bits of dehydrated pineapple 🍍 also came through for me. A truly gorgeous wine! Also it can be cellared for around 10 years!

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!
#tcweekdaywine

May 5th, 2018
Petr Jonak

Barrel fermented.

Barrel fermented.

Mar 4th, 2017
Nick Davis

Nick had this 3 years ago

Nick had this 3 years ago

Apr 29th, 2017
John Berghoff

John had this 4 years ago

John had this 4 years ago

Sep 13th, 2016
Nicola Harris

Nicola had this 5 years ago

Nicola had this 5 years ago

Feb 20th, 2015