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Johner Estate

Johner Estate started off on a bare 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.

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