Johner Estate 2013 Gladstone Pinot Noirs

Although Karl Johner and his family have 12 varieties planted in their vineyard in the Wairarapa, their focus is on Pinot Noir. After searching the world to find the ideal place to complement their home estate in the Kaierstuhl district of Baden in Germany, they planted a mix of Pinot Noir clones at the end of Dakins Road in Gladstone, in 2001. The variety makes up the major proportion of the vineyard with 7.2 ha planted, more than double that of the next most planted variety, Sauvignon Blanc. Three labels are made, a premium ‘estate’ wine which represents the terroir of the vineyard, the ‘Moonlight’ which is an accessible style from younger vines, and a ‘Reserve’ from the oldest vines, showing greater concentration with corresponding oaking. 2013 is regarded a superior vintage in the Wairarapa, and I review the Johner Estate wines from this year.


  • Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Noir 2013
  • Johner Estate ‘Reserve’ Gladstone Pinot Noir 2013

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