Johanneshof 2017 ‘Maybern’ Pinot Nor Rosé and Pinot Gris

09-Feb-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


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Johanneshof ‘Maybern Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

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