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Johanneshof 2017 ‘Maybern’ Pinot Nor Rosé and Pinot Gris

09 February,2018

Johanneshof Cellars in Koromiko, situated between Blenheim and Picton is the unique boutique winegrowing operation operated by Edel Everling, and Warwick and Rachael Foley. Edel and Warwick both have German training, and have proven abilities with the aromatic white varieties. But in the setting of Marlborough they have expanded their repertoire of wines to become excellent method traditionnelle producers and makers of a broad range of styles. Although they source most of their fruit from contracted sources, their home 0.7 ha ‘Maybern’ vineyard, named after Warwick’s parents May and Bernard, is special. It is a close-planted, north-west facing hillside, 30° sloping vineyard on high iron content sandstone Keneperu soils, similar to what is in parts of Germany. The vineyard is unirrigated, and originally planted in 1977 as Marlborough’s first hillside site, so it celebrated 40 years recently. The vineyard now has predominantly grafted clone 115 and Abel clone fruit, the vines 13 y.o. for the 2017 vintage. Here, I review the new 2017 Pinot Rosé, made from fruit from the ‘Maybern’ vineyard, and 2017 Pinot Gris from contacted fruit. www.johanneshof.co.nz

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Johanneshof ‘Maybern Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

18-/20

Bright peach-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with vibrant and fragrant aromas of strawberries and cream with quince notes, along with subtle red florals and some confectionary elements. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has lively, aromatic fruit flavours of strawberries and cream with red floral notes and strawberry confectionary. The fruit possesses richness and lusciousness, and is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The mouthfeel is bright and mouthwatering, and the wine flows smoothly a very fine-textured line, leading to an elegant, vibrant floral-nuanced finish. This is a lively and juicy strawberries and cream fruited, off-dry rosé with floral and confectionary notes. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and Asian cuisine over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Maybern’ vineyard crushed to press, gen 3 hours skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 5.6 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $25.00

Johanneshof Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

18/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, and a hint of blush, lighter edged. The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits, along with an amalgam of honeysuckle, exotic yellow florals, spices, and subtle steely-mineral nuances. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has up-front and elegantly concentrated, vigorous flavours of yellow stonefruits, tropical fruits, honeysuckle, yellow florals and exotic spices. The mouthfeel is lively with good acid energy and the wine has good presence and breadth. The wine carries along a fine phenolc-threaded line to a light, sustained finish of exotic fruits and honey. This is an up-front, vibrant, off-dry Pinot Gris with yellow stonefruit, tropical fruits honey and exotic spices. Serve with Middle Eastern fare over the next 3 years. Marlborough fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 7.6 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Feb 2018 RRP $29.00

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