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And the winner is…wait, what?! Supposedly their entry level label – this Giesen Estate Pinot Gris 2017 has left jaws well and truly on the floor at the recent Royal Easter Wine Show by scooping a Trophy and Gold medal for Champion Pinot Gris!
There’s no fluffing about when it comes to judging The Royal Easter Wine Show, NZ’s longest running wine competition. Over 1,000 NZ wines are put to the test. In the 2018 show only 7% of wines entered won a Gold, so competition’s tough. Those Gold medals winners then go head to head again to find the best of the best.
Mind you, it’s little surprise to see this label doing so well when you know that winemaker Nikolai St George is steering the ship. Formerly making kick ass wine at Matua, Nikolai recently won three consecutive “Winemaker of the Year” titles, so they’re in good hands that’s for sure.
Nikolai and the Giesen crew have actually blended Pinot Gris from Marlborough, Waipara and Hawke’s Bay to create this stunning ’17 release (majority of the fruit being Marlborough). An utterly delicious, irresistible style Gris that’s bound to impress – bright pear and citrus fruit flavours with a touch of spice and a dry finish.
For the money this is an absolute banger and undoubtedly one of the best value Pinot Gris’ on the market right now! Hook in!