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Johanneshof Marlborough Methode Blanc de Blancs NV

02 November,2017
Warwick Foley and Edel Everling of Johanneshof Cellars are one of the serious producers of sparkling wine in Marlborough. They are one of nine members of the ‘Methode Marlborough’ group which espouse the quality of traditionally produced sparkling wine wholly from Marlborough fruit employing only the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier varieties, with aging on lees for a minimum of 18 months. Warwick and Edel take the process somewhat further. For the base wine, they eschew malolactic conversion in the first fermentation and mature the wine in French oak. The Johanneshof sparkling wines are aged on lees for a minimum of 5 years. They disgorge in small batches just before releasing the wine to ensure freshness. Here I review the new release of the Blanc de Blancs NV.


Johanneshof Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, light yellow colour with a little depth, paler on edge, the bubbles moderately fine and persistent. The bouquet is very elegant and refined with a concentrated core of white stonefruits and white florals, revealing citrus fruit elements and hints of minerals. The fruit is harmoniously entwined with delicate bready-yeasty autolysis, with suggestions of nuttiness and toasted brioche. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has softly concentrated flavours of white stonefruits and white florals, integrated with soft bready-yeasty autolysis. The flavours have an aromatic lift and the palate flows with good acid energy along a fine-textured line, leading to a lingering, dry finish. This is an attractively elegant, finely concentrated Blanc de Blancs method with fragrant white floral and stonefruit flavours integrated with subtle autolysis. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 3+ years. A multi-vintage wine, 100% Chardonnay, fermented to 12.0% alc., with 9 g/L dosage, the wine spending 7 years on lees, this Lot L1702 disgorged in September 2017. 18.5-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $40.00
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