Lime Hill 2017 Wairarapa Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Lime Hill Vineyard is the joint wine venture of Karl Johner of Johner Estate at Gladstone with his winemaker Raphael Burki. The small vineyard is close-planted to a density of 6,000 vines per ha, on limestone soil with a thin layer of clay topsoil, and has 0.4 ha of predominantly Mendoza clone Chardonnay and 0.9 ha of Pinot Noir, clones, 667, 777, 115, 10/5, Abel and 5, established in 2013. The hillside vineyard, east of Masterton sits at 280 m.a.s.l. and clearly designed to follow the burgundy model. I was impressed by the inaugural 2016 vintage releases (click here to see my reviews). Here, I review the new 2017 vintage releases.


  • Lime Hill Wairarapa Chardonnay 2017
  • Lime Hill Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2017

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