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Johner Estate – Wide Ranging Wairarapa Wines

01 March,2011
Karl Johner and his family settled in the Gladstone region of the Wairarapa establishing their vineyard 2001 to make world-class Pinot Noir. The scope of the operation is indeed wide-ranging and the range of labels is on initial impressions quite mind-boggling, when considering the family runs an estate in Kaiserstuhl area of Baden in Germany too. However, upon realising that the focus is on Pinot Noir with 8 ha planted and then with Sauvignon Blanc, with 3 ha, the other varieties and styles can be seen as trials and innovative expressions exploring the potential of the site and region. The Johner wines have been made with elegance and food-matching in mind, rather than as ‘one glass' wine show winners, and are designed to be consumed over the course of a meal. www.johner-estate.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Johner Estate Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

15.5+/20
Bright straw-yellow in colour with green hues, this has a soft, full, but fresh nose of yellow capsicums, herbs and green beans, the broad aromas showing some forward development. Dryish to taste, this is light and fresh with bracing acidity, the clean gooseberrish fruit accompanied by a little texture on the palate. Up-front and simple with moderate nuance and length. Drink over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Johner Estate, cool stainless-steel fermented to 13.5% alc. and 14 g/L rs. 15.5+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $18.00

Johner Estate Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc ‘Sur Lie' 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17/20
Fruit from the Johner Estate, cool stainless-steel fermented to 13.9% alc, and 6.4 g/L rs, and given lees contact. Bright pale straw-yellow with green hues to the colour, this has a fresh, full, evenly expressed nose of ripe gooseberries and yellow stonefruits, along with minerally notes. Dry on palate, this has firmness and depth of gooseberry and bean fruit flavours, with a hint of smokiness, the mouthfeel enlivened by good acid freshness. The wine has richness and proportion and a sustained finish. Drink over 2-3 years with seafood, salads and poultry. 17.0/20 Mar 2011 RRP $22.00

Johner Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2010

Riesling from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16/20
Bright pale lemon-straw colour with youthful green hues, this has a soft and delicate bouquet of florals, white peaches and lime fruit. Off-dry to taste, this is light and subtle with its mineral and lime flavours, and crisp with good acid freshness. Some phenolic textures are present, adding depth and palate line. Fruit from the Johner Estate and Paulownia vineyards fermented to 12.4% alc. and 15 g/L rs. An uncomplicated and clean Riesling, to drink as an aperitif, over the next 3-5 years. It will develop honeyed and toasty interest. 16.0/20 Mar 2011 RRP $18.00

Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Gris 2010

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16.5-/20
Fruit from the Johner Estate trial plot and Pinot Gris vines in the Pinot Noir block, partially barrel-fermented to 12.8% alc. and 10.7 g/L rs, the wine aged 7 months in German oak. Youthful pale straw-yellow in colour, this has a full, weighty nose of ripe stonefruits and minerals, with some nutty reductive interest. Dry to taste, the flavours of flint, mineral, stonefruits and nuts are broadly expressed on the palate, and with rounded textures. Seasoned oak nuances apparent. The wine shows well-integrated componentry, but fades a little on the finish. Serve with antipasto and white meat dishes over 2-3+ years. 16.5-/20 Mar 2011 RRP $22.00

Johner Estate Wairarapa Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17-/20
Fruit from the Johner Estate and Waipipi vineyards fermented to 14.3% alc. and 7.9 g/L rs, the wine was matured 7 months in German oak. Bright straw-yellow in colour, this has aromas of flint, minerals and white stonefruits along with nuts and soft, smoky, seasoned oak. Dry and full-bodied, this has rich citrusy fruit flavours allied to spicy new oak, underscored by elevated acidity. The wine has weight and depth, with good fine textures, but is somewhat youthful, needing time to come together. Leave for 18 months and drink over the next 2-4 years with seafood and pork. 17.0-/20 Mar 2011 RRP $24.00

Johner Estate Wairarapa Pinot Noir Rosé 2010

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16.5/20
Pale pink colour, this has a very light nose of delicate soft red fruits, hay and pepper. Medium dryish on palate, this is a delicate, but refreshing wine which balances crisp acidity with gently sweet and luscious flavours of strawberries, watermelon, redcurrants and roses. The fruit shows well-judged ripeness. A pretty wine to enjoy in the sunshine, with cold meats and antipasto, over the next 2 years. 13.5% alc. 16.5/20 Mar 2011 RRP $18.00

Johner Estate ‘Moonlight' Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16-/20
The second tier Pinot Noir for Johner Estate, made from young vines, fermented to 14.1% alc. Light ruby-red in colour, this has a full, firm and robust nose of red cherry and berry fruits, along with herbs and floral perfumes. Soft and full on the palate, this has flavours of plum jam, cooked dark red fruits, game and earth, with autumnal nuances. The modest extraction has resulted in a suppleness which allows the sweetness of the fruit to feature. Up-front and accessible, this is an easy to drink, simple red to match with pasta, pizza and most red meat dishes over 2-4 years. 16.0-/20 Mar 2011 RRP $22.00

Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17+/20
Moderately deep ruby-red with garnet hues to the colour, this has a soft, elegant nose with savoury red berry fruits, cooked plum flavours combined with dried herb notes and some oak cedar. This is beginning to show some secondary development. Firm textured and with fresh acidity on the palate, the red fruit flavours still show good richness and a plumpness, and the wine possesses a harmonious mouthfeel. This has some presence, and will be a good match with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-5 years. Based on clone 5 and the Dijon clones, a small amount of whole bunch, fermented to 13.7% alc., aged around 15 months in 25% new French oak. 17.0+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $34.00

Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18-/20
The signature wine for Johner Estate, made from clones 5, 114, 115, 666 and 777, some whole bunch in the fermentation, aged around 15 months in 25% new French oak. Medium-deep ruby-red in colour, this has a firm, tightly bound bouquet of fresh dark berry fruits, violets and black pepper, along with spicy oak. Fullish in body, this has an excellent core of intense dark red berry and cherry fruit flavours with fine-grained tannin extraction providing good structure and support. Some oak spiciness contributes interest and the 13.5% alc. warmth adds to the generosity. The wine is very well-proportioned and its harmony lends results in elegance. Match with Asian roast duck dishes over the next 6-8+ years. 18.0-/20 Mar 2011 RRP $34.00

Johner Estate ‘Reserve' Gladstone Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18+/20
A selection from different blocks in the oldest part of the Johner Estate vineyard, the vines 10 y.o.. Fermented to 14.6% alc. and aged around 20 months in mainly new oak. Deepish ruby-red in colour, youthful in appearance, this has a full, voluminous nose with concentrated aromas and perfumes of dark and red berry fruits, warm earth and spices. The palate is full, rich, juicy and plump, yet with a stylish restraint from alcohol cut and fine-textured tannins. Oaking is subtle and integrated. This has a subtle power and the fruit depth is underscored by the serious structure which carries through to the sustained, dry finish. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 6-8+ years. 18.0+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $50.00

Johner Estate Gladstone Syrah 2009

Syrah from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16.5+/20
Saturated black-red in colour, this has an elegant, but intense nose of white pepper, savoury black berry fruits, fresh herbs, mint and ink, showing the cooler expression of Syrah. An elegantly structured wine with fine tannin extraction, the fresh acidity is prominent with the peppery black berries, spice and sappy flavours sitting alongside. This is identifiably Syrah in the cooler spectrum, a little raw, and still to come together, but with a pleasing expression. Made from fruit from one row in the main block, and from the trial block on the Johner Estate, fermented to 14.5% alc., and aged 20 months in around 25% new oak barrels. A wine to match herb-marinated red meats over the next 4-5 years. 16.5+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $55.00

Johner Estate Wairarapa Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2008

Malbec from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16.5+/20
Very youthful, deep, purple hued ruby-red in colour, this has a fresh, tight and intense bouquet of blackcurrants and cassis with mint and herbal nuances. An elegant wine at 13.5% alc., this has rather restrained and delicate fruit flavours of blackcurrants and spicy black fruits. The fine-grained tannin structure is the feature, providing grip through the palate. The wine tastes youthful, the fresh acidity providing tension. This will develop into a stylish and well-proportioned wine over the next 4-6+ years and match roasted red meat dishes. Fruit from Johner Estate, and from 20 y.o. vines in Martinborough. 35% Malbec, 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, aged in French oak around 15 months. 16.5+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $40.00

Johner Estate Gladstone Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2009

Cabernet Franc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16-/20
Approx. 37% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec and 14% Merlot from Gladstone, aged in French oak for 15 months. Full, black hued ruby-red in colour with purple hues, this has a full, soft, aromatic nose showing lifted blackcurrant and herby fruit with a little touch of sappiness. Medium bodied at 13.4% alc., the full currant flavours and rounded, moderately rugged tannin grip enables approachability now. The acidity is soft and in balance. A little more ripeness and dimension would lift this wine. Nevertheless a wine that will be an enjoyable match with grilled red meats over the next 4-5+years. 16.0-/20 Mar 2011 RRP $40.00

Johner Estate ‘Lyndor' Wairarapa Cabernet/Merlot 2009

Merlot from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18-/20
Fruit from the ‘Lyndor' vineyard, east of Masterton, vines planted in 1986. Approx. 52% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc, aged 15 months in French oak. Dark deep ruby-red with purple hues to the colour, this has a fresh, youthful, concentrated and intense nose of ripe dark berry fruits, cassis and red currants, along with spice notes, all showing a lovely purity and aromatic lift. Full-bodied at 13.5% alc., the palate echoes the bouquet with its excellent fruit expression. Excellent tobacco, earth, game and cedar complexities are evident. Fine tannin extraction has resulted in refined textures, and the palate is vibrant from good acidity. Serve with roasted red meat dishes over the next 7-9 years. 18.0-/20 Mar 2011 RRP $50.00

Johner Estate Gladstone ‘Noble' Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18+/20
Bright straw-yellow with light golden hues, this has an excellent lifted bouquet of ripe, honeyed gooseberries, savoury passionfruit and lime marmalade, showing true varietal Sauvignon character with botrytis influence. The volatility is in style and adds to the exoticism. Intensely sweet, rich and lush, the wine features elevated levels of acidity, but the concentration of marmalade, gooseberry, tropical fruits and honey is clear and has great line and length throughout the palate. A liqueur style with racy acidity, this is smooth and slippery with it. Made from botrytis-affected fruit fermented to 8.8% alc. and 179 g/L rs. Sip slowly with the wine well-chilled. Keep for 4-5 years. (375 ml) 18.0+/20 Mar 2011 RRP $22.00

Johner Estate Gladstone ‘Noble' Pinot Noir 2009

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5+/20
Made in the fashion of Assmanhausen late harvest Pinot Noir from the Rheingau, Germany. 90% botrytised Pinot Noir fruit fermented to 9.0% alc. and 170 g/L rs. Light golden straw with a peach blush to the colour, this has a lifted nose showing volatility alongside honey, red currant jelly and caramelised fruit aromas. Very rich, sweet and mouthfilling, this has a soft-textured palate showing delicate red currant fruit flavours along with honey and marmalade. The wine has breadth and the faintest tannin line through the palate, with sufficient, crisp acidity on the finish. A wine of subtle and intriguing flavours, but considerable richness and lusciousness that should provide interesting after dinner sipping for the next 4-5+ years. (375 ml) 17.5+/20 March 2011 RRP $22.00
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