Best of Johanneshof
Marlborough winery Johanneshof Cellars is perhaps best known for its intense gewürztraminer and pinot gris but their riesling, sauvignon blanc, rosé and méthode sparkler have all historically hit the spot with me. Their bold and often slightly eclectic wine styles are as off the mainstream as their winery, which is situated midway between Blenheim and Picton.Johanneshof’s 2017 Gewürztraminer is a power-packed and quite a complex version of their best-known wine.
Owners Edel Everling and Warwick Foley combine their European experience and training at Geisenheim University with a great deal of hard work to make very individual wines.
The 2016 Johanneshof Sauvignon Blanc has benefited from a little time in bottle, as well as a favourable vintage, to deliver a satisfyingly intense, vibrant wine that should continue to develop well with further bottle age. (NZD $24)
Johanneshof’s 2017 Gewürztraminer is a power-packed and quite a complex version of their best-known wine. A particularly good example from a challenging vintage. (NZD $31)
My favourite of their recently released wines is the 2009 Johanneshof Emmi Méthode Traditionnelle Brut, a gutsy, flavoursome fizz with obvious yeast autolysis character thanks to at least five years in the bottle on yeast lees. (NZD $43)