Johner Estate started off on a naked grazing field, in 2001.
Karl Johner, his wife Irene, and son Patrick have a well known winery in Germany where they were amongst the first vintners to adapt a quality regime and focus on great Burgundy style wines. With their vision to also create great Pinot Noir in New Zealand, the focus of the wines is not set to upfront fruit. They just love complexity.
Now they have planted eight hectares of various Pinot Noir clones, originally selected in Burgundy, three hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and a further hectare of 10 trial varieties ranging from Pinot Gris to Syrah. In 2008 they sourced grapes from the Lyndor Estate to create a Cabernet and Merlot Blend from one of Wairarapa’s oldest vineyard growing on limestone. In 2010 they started the first additional planting of half a hectare of Syrah.
Johner Estate are about wines that reveal new delicate flavours whilst drinking, showing great depth and a lingering finish.
This Pinot Noir displays the characters of the vineyard and the region. Deep ruby red colour with purple hues. Plums and spice feature in the bouquet along with layers of violets and herbs. A savoury mouthfeel with hints of silky chocolate, layered berry fruit and liquorice with supple tannin supporting the bright fruit, a touch of spice and forest floor add interest and provide a long finish.
This 'Methode Traditionalle' is purely made of Chardonnay grapes known as 'Blanc de Blanc.' The wine has has an extended lees contact. Lovely citrus fruit characters with a hint of peach. Very elegant and sophisticated with a fresh dry finish. Perfect aperitif or a wine for any type of celebration.
Fruity and generously flavoured, this Cabernet blend displays fragrant aromas of red/dark plum, game and dried herbs. The palate is rounded and smooth with nicely pitched supple tannins providing a pleasant dry finish. - Sam Kim from Wine Orbit.
Pinot Noir was left on the vines well after harvest to gain ripeness and some botrytis to produce this fascinating wine. A short period of skin contact has resulted in the tawny rose colour and provides a subtle back bone of tannin. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade with caramelised fruit lead into a rich honeyed palate with red currant and intriguing flavours of a Tokay or Madeira wine. Richly fruited but with crisp acidity this wine is well suited to drinking with blue cheese or a spiced fruit cake.
Bright straw-yellow, this has an excellent lifted bouquet of ripe, honeyed gooseberries, passionfruit and lime marmalade, showing true varietal Sauvignon character with botrytis influence. Rich and lush, the wine features elevated levels of acidity with concentration of marmalade; gooseberry, tropical fruits and honey on the palate with a long unctuous finish. Try with apricot tarte tatin or passionfruit cheesecake.
Selected Wairarapa fruit was blended with Johner Estates own Pinot Gris and given barrel fermentation in seasoned oak which results in a softness allowing the rich fruit characters of pear and spice to be evident. On the nose you will find green apple and spice with hints of apricot leading into flavours of ripe pear with a hint of walnut and marzipan. A beautifully balanced wine with a natural sweetness of fruit, harmonious rounded and textured wine. Very good with antipasto, poultry and pork dishes, especially good with things with a touch of spice.
Johner's top Pinot Noir vinted from their oldest vines and hand selected bunches. Fermented and aged in 100% new oak barriques we believe the fruit in this wine has all the power to sustain the oak. This is totally seductive on the nose displaying dark cherry, game, clove, truffle and cedar characters, which lead to a concentrated and powerfully expressed palate that is both intense and elegant at the same time. The wine is multi-layered and silky, and offers waves of attractive flavours, backed by plenty of polished tannins.
This Riesling is made in an off-dry style to enhance the natural sweet fruit flavours this variety has to offer. It has all the hallmarks which in time will develop the delicious oily characters attributed to the great Rieslings of the world, fabulous fresh summer drinking but also with great aging potential. This has a light oak treatment to add mouth feel & complexity, with floral aromas that lead into vibrant honeyed and lime characters with beautifully balanced acids and a flinty mineral interest on the palate.
Fresh lime & gooseberry with hints of sweet hay on the nose. Gooseberry, nectarine & lime also on the palate with hints of cut grass. Delicious sweet fruit balanced with soft ripe acidity & an underlying mineral finish. Mouth filling and crisp. Great drinking on its own and wonderful with Antipasto & shellfish.
Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour. Aromas of black berried fruit revealing fresh peppery elements and liquorice. Savoury spices and nutty oak notes add detail. Medium-full bodied and elegantly proportioned. Flavours of black berried fruits, herbs and liquorice show with seasoned oak. The fruit is supported by find-grained tannin and the palate flows with plenty of acidity and energy. Very concentrated and with excellent length, cellar with confidence.