Author Archives: patrick

Christmas 2013

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

Picking Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

Last years very low yield has created a slight shortage of our Sauvignon Blanc. This year, we are glad to pick wonderful ripe fruit with lovely tropical flavours and a hint of grapefruit. Although when looking at the green grapes you wouldn’t expect that ripeness… But we have reached high sugar levels maintaining a refreshing acidity level.

Christmas and New Year Opening Dates

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year !!! We are closed on the 25th of December and on the 1st and 2nd of January. We are open from 26th to 31st December and then again from 3rd of January 2013.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Starting off Harvest 2012

On the 30th of March 2012, we started our harvest. The first grapes picked were from  St. Martin Vineyards from Martinborough. Perfect ripe Chardonnay grapes at sugar levels of around 12,7 % vol alc. for our  Methode Traditionelle. Some very ripe berries even had sugar levels up to 26 Brix.

Nick Blampied-Lane from Cloudy Bay tasting our Pinot Noir

Nick Blampied-Lane from Cloudy Bay visited us the other day and tasted our Pinot Noir for his big worldwide Pinot Noir tasting event held at Cloudy Bay. He also brought his camera and filmed us. Our interview starts at 2.00 minutes. Martinborough Visit from Cloudy Bay on Vimeo.

Mending nets

It is definitely a sign that the Harvest is over when you see the nets being rolled up and then checked for holes. The team at Joner are sharpening up their sewing skills and armed with string & a nifty finger knife they are onto the next job, net mending. A pleasant task when the sun is out but now the mornings are getting very chilly you can imagine they do not enjoy this stationary work in the cold. Today […]

Wellington Food Show 2011

CALLING ALL LOVERS OF FINE WINES……… The biggest annual wine event of the calendar is on again! The Wellington Food show is the weekend of the 27/28/29 May and is once again held at the Westpac Stadium (or caketin as it is less formally known!) STAND No. 133 We at Johner Estate are very excited at the prospect of showing our many friends our latest vintages.     Please don’t forget that you will be able to sample these from […]