Giesen The August Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $41
Named after the grandfather of brothers Marcel, Alex and Theo Giesen; August (Aww-goost) was born in 1888 and became a sommelier, restauranteur, hotelier and total party animal who loved liquid refreshment, the ladies and the high life in that order. After a particularly large night he overslept and missed the train to Cologne where he was to supervise a banquet for Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor. So he chartered a whole empty train to get him there, the job went spiffingly and guess who made the front page of the newspaper the next day. Not the Kaiser. The 2018 August is stunning. One third of the juice was fermented with wild yeasts in a combo of 1000L German oak Fuder barrels and older French oak barriques, which adds a crazy-delicious, creamy, smoky, textural layer to the citrus and stonefruit core. Rich, powerful and getting its freak on in all the right places, it’s superb. Drink now – 2028.