Johanneshof ‘EMMI’ 2009, Gewurztraminer 2017 and ‘Maybern’ Pinot Noir 2016


All wine producers must have at least one point of difference or distinction that sets them apart from their peers. Johannesfof Cellars in Marlborough has a number of individual traits that make it stand out from most other producers in the region. Founders Edel Everling and Warwick Foley are both German-trained, and thus have a somewhat different core approach to winemaking, compared to the majority of Australian or New Zealand educated winemakers. As a result, Johanneshof Cellars has a particular strength in the aromatic white varieties, with the Gewurztraminer considered among the country’s best. Their home vineyard, cellar door, and underground cellar are located at Koromiko, between Blenheim and Picton. The vineyard, named ‘Maybern’ as a tribute to Warwick’s parents May and Bernard, is close-planted to Pinot Noir, and is Marlborough’s first hillside site, originally planted in 1977. The soils are high in iron content on sandstone, similar to parts of Germany. And the company has a very strong sparkling wine programme, with a strong interest in extended maturation on lees. Showing its commitment to the category, Johanneshof is a member of the ‘Methode Marlborough’ group. Here, I review three new releases which exemplify Johanneshof’s strengths. www.johanneshof.co.nz


  • Johanneshof ‘EMMI’ Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Brut 2009
  • Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2017
  • Johanneshof ‘Maybern Single Vineyard Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

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