Giesen Clayvin Pinot Noir 2013
Marlborough’s Wairau Valley started the growing season with cooler temperatures. With the onset of flowering in early December, temperatures were 2 degrees higher than the average. Summer enjoyed long hours of sunshine, with little rain, and as a consequence little disease pressure. The Clayvin’s high density planting helps the vines to develop a deep root structure, enabling water supply during the hot summer months. While high sunshine hours, the average temperatures weren’t, the high density planting and low fruiting wire ensures the grapes are closer to the ground where heat generated of the foot hill settles, enabling the fruit to ripen beautifully while retaining flavour and acidity.
Clayvin Vineyard, planted 1993, North facing, it was Marlborough’s first significant hillside vineyard. The Clayvin Vineyard is organically farmed, high density planted using the competion between vines to reduce vigour, promoting root structure and delivering highly concentrated fruit. Initially taking a long term lease, seeing the potential the Giesen brothers purchased the vineyard outright in 2015.
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