Johner Estate 2014 White, 2013 Red and Lyndor 2011 Releases

Karl Johner and his family have holdings in the old world as well as the new, and their approach to wine is international rather than dedicated to one or the other. The Johners came to Gladstone in 2001 to make world-class Pinot Noir, supplementing their bottlings from their estate in the Kaiserstuhl area of the Baden in Germany. But their Wairarapa operation has grown to encompass a very large and diverse range of wines from 12 different varieties planted in the vineyard, and the range incorporates wines made from fruit sourced from sites in the wider Wairarapa area. The style of the wines is more in the elegant expression, capturing the bright fruit expression that New Zealand is renowned for, but sufficiently restrained to enable accompaniment with food. I was very impressed with the recent release of the Johner Estate 2013 Pinot Noirs (click here to see my reviews), reflecting the growing maturity of the vines as well as the very favourable vintage. Here, I review a selection of the 2014 whites and more 2013 reds as well as the 2011 ‘Lyndor’ Cabernet/Merlot.


  • Johner Estate ‘Single Vineyard Sur Lie’ Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Johner Estate Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2014
  • Johner Estate ‘Single Vineyard’ Gladstone Viognier 2014
  • Johner Estate Martinborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Johner Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2014
  • Johner Estate Gladstone Syrah 2013
  • Johner Estate Wairarapa Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2013
  • Johner Estate ‘Lyndor’ Wairarapa Cabernet/Merlot 2011

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