Giesen’s history began when two German brothers set off to see the world in 1979. Somewhere along the way, they visited New Zealand and liked the Marlborough region so much they decided to become winemakers and live there. A younger brother, meanwhile, studied winemaking in Germany and joined his older siblings there a few years later. They produced their first Sauvignon Blanc in 1984 and, like the rest of Marlborough, have since gone onto global success. Today, I’m looking at one of their lesser-known wines, the Giesen Chimney Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2016, which I picked up simply because it was on special for $10 at First Choice a few weeks back.
I couldn’t find a lot of information online about this wine. Curiously, it’s not on the Giesen website, which otherwise carries a lot of information about the winery and its products. Not sure why that is. The most I could find was a line on the Vintage Cellars website that said it was named after a creek that steers off the Waikakaho River. The blurb also described it as the best value wine Giesen has ever made. Well shucks, but I bet they say that for all the wines.
The Review: Giesen Chimney Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Passionfruit and peach on the nose. Smells nice, nothing nasty here. It’s very dry on the palate, leaning towards tart. That dryness continues onto the long finish. It’s a decent quality wine, though one made for people who like their wines very dry. At about $15 a bottle, it’s around fair value in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc terms.
PS This was on special for $10 at Liquorland at the time of writing. Check out the link below.