Johanneshof New and Current Releases

27-May-2013
Studying and training at Geisenheim university, Edel Everling and Warwick Foley brought their knowledge and skills to Marlborough in 1991 setting up Johanneshof Cellars at Koromiko, just north of Blenheim. There, they have applied themselves to the varieties and styles endemic to the region and have put their own stamp on them in crafting some interesting if not outstanding wines. The aromatic varieties of Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris are seen as their signatures, it is the more technically difficult styles, such as sparkling and dessert wines that they’ve made them a name as winemakers of note.

The 0.7 ha home ‘Maybern’ vineyard was established in 1977, but was replanted by Warwick and Edel to Pinot Noir ungrafted, in 1991, but the vines were replaced with grafted 115 and Abel clones since. It was the first steep hillside planting in Marlborough. The fruit for the other wines comes from contracted growers. Here I review a selection of new and current releases that cover a broad range of styles. www.johanneshof.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Johanneshof Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Noirs Brut NV
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs Brut 2007
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2012
  • Johanneshof ‘Maybern Single Vineyard Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2011

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