Johanneshof 2016 Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Rose and Riesling and 2015 Gewurztraminer

Celebrating their 26th vintage in New Zealand in 2016, Edel Everling and Warwick Foley have become highly regarded as Marlborough aromatic wine producers. One can reckon that they had a head start with their original German training and experience, when they settled in Koromiko, between Blenheim and Picton. There, they have the cellar door, winery, cellar door and home 0.7 ha ‘Maybern; vineyard, planted to Pinot Noir clones 115 and Abel which are 12 y.o. for the latest vintage. The site, owned by Warwick’s family, has been a vineyard since 1977.

The Johanneshof wines apart from Pinot Noir are sourced from different sites in the Wairau Valley. Warwick and Edel rue that they did not purchase vineyard land when it was affordable in the early days, however their long associations with their growers has given them consistency and the ability to make excellence. Last vintage, they adjusted the style of the whites to emphasise stainless-steel vinification and earlier bottling as well as the use of screw caps in the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. For 2016, they continue this approach of greater freshness, and introduce a Pinot Noir Rosé from ‘Maybern’ vineyard fruit. The 2016 Riesling Medium Dry and 2015 Gewurztraminer are bottled under DIAM cork, as the track record for these wines with such closures is outstanding. Here, I review these wines.


  • Johanneshof Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Johanneshof ‘Maybern Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Riesling Medium-Dry 2016
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015

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