Johner Estate – A Wine for Everyone

Searching the world for the best place to grow Pinot Noir away from Burgundy, the German Johner family settled in the Gladstone area of the Wairarapa in 2001. Karl Johner found the free-draining alluvial soils, low rainfall and maritime climate what he wanted. The vineyard is traditional as in Burgundy manner being planted to high density with low trellising, and the viticulture is intensive, resulting in low yields. Sensitive handling is the key, with detail in the winemaking. Pinot Noir is the focus with 7.2 ha planted, supported by approx. 3 ha of Sauvignon Blanc. However, what makes Johner Estate different from the Burgundy model is that there are another 12 varieties planted in the vineyard, and the range of wines offered is extremely varied, if not mind boggling. The style is one of elegance, and the wines designed to accompany food, rather than winning judgings, a commendable stance. Here, I review a selection of new releases, something from which should please everyone.


  • Johner Estate Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2012
  • Johner Estate Gladstone Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Noir 2012
  • Johner Estate ‘Single Vineyard Sur Lie’ Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Noir 2012
  • Johner Estate ‘Reserve’ Gladstone Pinot Noir 2012
  • Johner Estate ‘Lyndor’ Wairarapa Cabernet/Merlot 2010

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