Johner Estate – Wide Ranging Wairarapa Wines

01-Mar-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
  • Johner Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2010
  • Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Gris 2010
  • Johner Estate Wairarapa Chardonnay 2010
  • Johner Estate Wairarapa Pinot Noir Rosé 2010
  • Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Noir 2008
  • Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Noir 2009
  • Johner Estate Gladstone Syrah 2009
  • Johner Estate Wairarapa Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2008
  • Johner Estate Gladstone Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2009

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