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Summer is here!

floweringAlthough you wouldn’t quite guess it, Summer has finally arrived. We have had a later start to flowering this year and the weather hasn’t been ideal but this may save us from thinning the fruit afterwards so every cloud has a silver lining!

Our team has been working hard in the vineyard everyday shoot thinning, wire lifting, tucking and tying over the spring period.

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The next steps will be leafplucking and continuing with tucking and tying. Not an easy task with all those strong winds.

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Cellar Door Christmas Gift Packs

IMG_0393Christmas gift packs are available and come in a range of different varieties:

All come with gift box, tag and bow.

Only available at our Cellar door.

Kiwi Christmas Pack $61.50
– 2014 Rose
– 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa
– 2014 Chardonnay
Wairarapa Wishes Pack $66.00
– 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa
– 2014 Riesling Wairarapa
– 2014 Pinot Gris Wairarapa
Wine Lovers Premium Pack $84.00
-2013 Sauvignon Blanc Gladstone
– 2013 Pinot Noir Gladstone
– 2014 Chardonnay
Top of the Drops $134.00
– 2012 Methode Traditionnelle. Blanc de Noir
– 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve
– 2013 Syrah Gladstone

And as you can see, we have also decorated our shop a little…

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Wild about Kiwis

mtbruce_brand_01 (2)We know New Zealanders are healthy wine drinkers and we also know they are fiercely protective and proud of our native icon “The Kiwi.” This is why we have joined forces with Pukaha Mount Bruce who do wonderful work in helping to restore our forest and native wildlife.
Pukaha Mount Bruce is a wildlife restoration Centre and visitor attraction located at the National Wildlife Centre off State Highway 2 in New Zealand’s Tararua district.
Over 90 Kiwi are currently living in the forest there and two are viewable in the nocturnal house, during kiwi chick season you can also experience kiwi chicks. As part of Pukaha’s conservation breeding programme, Operation Nest Egg, kiwi eggs are brought in from the forest and hatched in their nursery to give the chicks the best chance of survival.

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To support this amazing service order The Johner Estate “Kiwi case” and we will donate $5 per case to Pukaha Mount Bruce  to ensure that the Kiwi (and proud feature of our logo) does not become a thing of the past.

This is our selection for you and we are proud of the following reviews.

The Kiwi case consists of four bottles each of the following wines
2014 Pinot Gris Wairarapa
Michael Cooper4from5star  Mouth filling fresh & vibrant, with strong ripe citrusy, peachy & spicy flavours. Lively acidity and very good poise, vigour and depth. Worth cellaring

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard Gladstone
Michael Cooper4from5star   Vibrantly fruity and dry with ripe melon / lime flavours, showing excellent intensity, good mouth feel and texture and a zingy lingering finish.

2012 Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Gladstone
Raymond Chan4from5star
The bouquet is gently full with soft aromas of savoury dark red berry fruit, lifted with floral elements along with layers of spicy, nutty and resinous oak, earth, , soft and plush flavours of savoury plum and berry fruits all harmoniously presented.

Normal retail price would be $308.00
Special Kiwi Case price $240.00 a $68.00 SAVING!

 

Christmas 2013

Christmas is just around the corner. It has been a few busy weeks at Johner Estate, inside and outside.20131201_050021_resized

Due to a beautiful and hot spring, the growth of the wines went a “bit crazy”. We are ahead of the previous seasons in regards to growth and maturity which is fantastic. Pre-bunch closure and Bunch closure is nearly over and we are busy with Canopy Management. The team is under pressure to put wires up, tying the wires together with clips, leaf blowing and irrigating the plants.

It looks as if the vines got caught into the pre-Christmas rush as well.

In the winery, we were bottling different wines, so that we can supply all our customers with their favourite wines and be able to release some new vintages in the near future.

Yes, our Chardonnay Methode Traditionnelle is back in stock.

In time to celebrate the New Year!!

So don’t hesitate to visit us.

Our tasting room will be open at our usual opening times from 10:00am to 16:30pm daily, except of Christmas Day.

Manawatu Ideal Home Show 2012 Stand 542

Manawatu Home Show
20 – 22 July 2012

Steven Bates (vineyard manager, pictured above) and the team from Johner Estate will be offering a delicious range of tastings (generous as always!) at stand number 542.

We have a superb ‘Special Tasting Experience’ which you won’t want to miss and all sorts of other surprises at the event including customised cases and a super Pinot Noir offer. We will look forward to seeing you there!

Of course if you cannot make it along to the Home Show in Palmerston North, we would love to see you at Johner Estate Vineyard where you will be sure of a fun and informative tasting hour…. or two!

Do contact us if there is any further information you would like regarding the Manawatu Home Show or Johner Estate.

Phone: 06 370 8217

Wellington Food Show 2012 Stand 304

Wellington Food Show
11 – 13 May 2012

Karl Johner, Steven Bates and the team from Johner Estate will be offering a delicious range of tastings (generous as always!) at stand number 304.

This year, we are proud to have Stefan, a Master of Wine (MW) student to introduce the wines to you.

We have a superb ‘Special Tasting Experience’ which you won’t want to miss and all sorts of other surprises at the event including customized cases and a super Pinot Noir offer. We will look forward to seeing you there!

Of course if you cannot make it along to the Food Show in Wellington, Rosalie would love to see you at Johner Estate Vineyard where you will be sure of a fun and informative tasting hour…. or two!

Do contact us if there is any further information you would like regarding the Wellington Food Show or Johner Estate.

Phone: 06 370 8217

It’s a challenging harvest.

The year has been cooler and more difficult than in other years. The real challenge is getting in ripe grapes with flavours and structure.
The most important aspect is picking out the ripe grapes by hand and then sorting them in the vineyard, before they are dropped into the bucket. As we also pick our late harvest noble grapes at a later stage from the same vineyard, no machine harvester can substitute our hard working pickers. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes couldn’t quite reach our desired ripeness levels of pure tropical fruit flavours. The grapes were too fragile to leave them longer outside, as the Botrytis was starting to spread out. So we just picked the best ones out by hand. These grapes have nice flavours of gooseberry, grapefruit and sometimes peaches. As you can imagine, the crop is smaller, and we will have a shortage of Sauvignon Blanc. We will see if we are able to produce a Sauvignon Blanc Ouvertüre (our Primeur for the German market) … but probably not…

We have also been busy picking Pinot Noir. A part of it has been pressed off as a Blanc de Noir and will be bottled as a Methode Traditionelle.

We are also proud to be able to pick wonderful ripe Reserve Pinot Noir.

 

 

 

 

 

During redwine fermentation, where the juice ferments together with the skins, tannins and colour are extracted from the skins. Unfortunately the fermentation gases raise the skins so they float on top, and are not leeched out by the fermenting juice. So intense punch down is needed to mix up the skins with the juice. The total time on skins ranges between 2 and 4 weeks depending on the wine.

The quality from this very cool year is surprisingly good with dark flavours, intense colours and a great structure on the palate.

If you are interested in what it tastes like, please just visit us during harvest and we can give you a sample to taste.

As the harvest ends in about 2 weeks time, the first ferments show results beyond expectation.