This year’s Royal Easter Wine Show Wine Awards has seen a wine that celebrates the Giesen brothers’ German heritage and love of aromatics win the Trophy Champion Gewürztraminer.

Giesen claimed the prestigious honours with The Brothers Gewürztraminer 2014, the first vintage the company has made with this style. It was also awarded gold medals for it’s the Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay 2014, Giesen The Fuder Matthews Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Giesen Estate Riesling 2015, and Giesen Single Vineyard Selection Waihopai Pinot Noir 2015.

Chief winemaker Nikolai St George said Kiwis have a growing taste for aromatics, for which the New Zealand climate is well suited.

“Aromatics are something that New Zealand does really well,” said St George. “We have a high amount of UV light and wonderfully clear skies; these help to produce incredibly aromatic fruit forward styles such as Gewürztraminer.”

The trophy winning Brothers Gewürztraminer 2014 is a blend of grapes from the lower Wairau and Rapaura’s Stump Creek vineyard. Caption: Nikolai St George, chief winemaker.