rsz_1single_vineyard_ridge_block_landscape-1Giesen Wines has been awarded the Champion Pinot Noir Trophy at the highly respected 2016 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), in the UK.

Together with the Pinot Noir Trophy, the Giesen Single Vineyard Ridge Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 also won an Outstanding Gold medal. IWSC awarded only two Outstanding Gold medals and only one gold medal – all of which went to New Zealand Pinot Noirs.

Two of the 25 trophies awarded this year were to New Zealand wines; the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy going to Constellation Brands NZ. This is the second consecutive year that a New Zealand wine has won the IWSC’s overall Pinot Noir Trophy (formerly known as the Bouchard Finlayson Trophy) amid fierce competition from 90 other winemaking countries.

Now in its 47th year, the IWSC was the first competition of its kind, set up to seek out and reward the world’s best wines. The competition is known for the formidable reputation of its judging process which takes seven months.

Judges described the Giesen Single Vineyard Ridge Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 as “an extremely balanced wine combining fine tannins with brooding summer compote fruit and bright acidity.”

 Marcel Giesen, who co-owns Giesen Wines together with brothers Theo and Alex, says the win is hugely exciting for the family and is testament to a decision seven years ago to replant the Ridge Block vineyeard.

“It brings such great pleasure to our family and all the Giesen team. There’s always a lot of talk about awards and trophies but this one is the ultimate for us so far and really makes us sit back and think how far we have come. We’re absolutely thrilled.”

It is the third time in a decade that the Marlborough region has won the IWSC champion Pinot Noir trophy (also in 2006 and 2007).

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