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Summary of harvest 2015

Some weeks ago we finally finished our vintage 2015.  In short… very low crop levels and great quality. A wonderful vintage with fruity, full-bodied wines.

pinot Noir the exclusive vintageIn general the crop levels all over New Zealand were below average… At Johner Estate unfortunately much much lower. But on the other hand, the fruit we could pick was wonderfully ripe and the fermenting wines are just great.

The Pinots have nice dark fruit flavours with ripe tannins and great structure. A good thing we have still lots of 2013 in stock, so that we can give the 2015 vintage time to mature and evolve.

picking the sauvignon blancThe Sauvignon Blanc was a big mix between bright green grapes with nice green apple and gooseberry flavours. Other grapes were a little riper with their golden colour slightly turning brown… with lovely rich flavours going into the slightly tropical style flavours.

almost too lateAfter the warm and fast ripening weather at the end of march, it finally got a little cooler in April. With the odd rain coming down ripening slowed down for the further varieties. But as the weather got warmer again and some nice warm days came back we had to rush out quickly to pick our noble Pinot Noir, before the berries dried out completely.

syrahA good thing, that Syrah needs a little longer to ripen. So for the red wine we picked only the very best and left the rest for our noble Syrah.

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Pinot Gris, Riesling perfect ripe grapes with lovely flavours…

If you’re not addicted to our wines already, you’ll definitely will be with our 2015 vintage.


Our personalised labels

Our personalised labels are growing in popularity and anything from Christmas gifts to weddings or 21st’s are a great time to add an extra special touch.  We don’t often get to see the customer response first hand but this weekend I was lucky enough to attend the wedding of Fred and Emma McKinstry, who served a large selection of our wines with the personalized labels and the response was fantastic. All the guests I spoke to loved the wines and thought the labels made a great personal touch to the day. Emma and Fred also have a special keepsake with their wedding date on. ( Handy for Fred to remember the anniversary!)

Congratulations to the newlyweds.  Wishing them a long and happy life together.


If you are interested in having  your own personalised labels for your celebration please call us on 06 3708217

Reserve Pinot 13 Review by Lisa Perotti-Brown

2013 Reserve Pinot Noir

Review by: Lise Perrotti- Brown

Rating: 91/100

Drink: 2014-2019

Medium ruby- purple colored, the 2013 Reserve Pinot gorgeous red fruit laced with notes of red currants, raspberry leaves and rhubarb with hints of Provence herbs and twigs.  Medium-bodied and with beautiful poise in the mouth, it fills the palate with a good intensity of herb laced red fruits, finishing long

Some recent great accolades…

Johner Estate Pinot Noir Wairarapa/Moonlight 2014
94 points – 5 Stars by Sam Kim

Complex and engaging, this gorgeous pinot is filled with dark berry, game and mixed spice characters with nuances of truffle and dried herbs. The palate delivers fruit concentration and weight, beautifully enhanced by velvety texture and loads of polished tannins. A fabulous combination of fruit richness and savoury complexity. At its best: now to 2020. Jan 2016.

Johner Estate Pinot Gris 2015
93 points – 5 Stars by Sam Kim

Full barrel fermentation in seasoned oak with further maturation and lees stirring. Wonderfully fruited, this instantly appealing pinot gris shows apricot, green rockmelon, fresh pear and floral notes with a hint of almond on the nose. The palate delivers excellent fruit concentration and purity, backed by fine texture and juicy acidity. Very appealing, very drinkable. At its best: now to 2019. $24.00. Jan 2016.

Johner Estate Sauvignon Blanc “sur Lie” 2015
91 points – 4.5 Stars by Sam Kim

A beautifully styled sauvignon with elegance and delicate fruit flavours. The gently fragrant bouquet shows grapefruit, lemongrass, feijoa and dill characters, which lead to a finely textured palate that is beautifully weighted and rounded while delivering vibrant acidity. Excellent harmony and integration, this complex style offers varietal purity as well as subtle savoury notes. Partial fermentation in seasoned barrels with lees stirring and ageing. At its best: now to 2019. $24.00. Jan 2016.


We are thrilled that both Raymond Chan and Bob Campbell gave our 2013 Gladstone and 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir’s FIVE star ratings. Michael Cooper enjoyed the 2014 Riesling and 2014 Pinot Gris and awarded FOUR stars and the 2013 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc was given FOUR AND A HALF stars.




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.


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.



It is with sadness that we received the news that Rosalie, our long time employee, passed away recently.

Rosalie was at Johner Estate for many years, both in the vineyard and the tasting room. Many of you will remember Rosalie when visiting at the cellar door and no doubt be saddened to hear this news.

Rosalie’s legacy is the certainty that drinking a glass of Johner Estate Rose always assisted her while doing her vacuuming – a fact she liked to share.

RIP Rosalie and may there always be a chilled Rose for you.