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.

Rosalie

Rosalie

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.

Some news from Johner Estate

We are in the middle of winter; things have quiet down at the vineyard after a very busy and successful harvest. There are still a few odd jobs to be done even though that pruning is done. The canes are bowed down, the irrigation system needs to be checked, old vines to be pulled out to make space for young ones.

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barrel room

Our barrel room is full and we look forward to
be able to bottle some of this fantastic wine which comes out of 2013 harvest. To make sure we have excellent wine, the barrels are cleaned, checked and topped up once a week.

New kid on the block

You might have already met him or seen him. Robert Stadnicenko has joined the Johner Estate Team in the role of Sales Representative. He looks mainly after our clients in the lower North Island, but also reinforces our team at Trade shows or at Tastings.

New Vintage 2013 2013 Pinot Gris Wairarapa2013 Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa

The New Vintage 2013 of Johner Estate Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa has arrived.

Haven’t tasted them yet? This is your opportunity to visit us at our cosy Tasting room  which is open 7 days from 10:00am to 4:30pm to taste them.

 

Grape Harvest 2013

Johannes with grape stalks

Johannes with grape stalks

Well it’s all go at Johner Estate for the next few weeks with all hands on deck to harvest the grapes in what may be one of the very best seasons ever! We have a stunning crop with all varieties of grape in superb condition and sugar levels optimum. The team are working dawn til dusk and while most are actually picking we have a dedicated team in the winery focusing solely on processing the grapes and beginning the all important wine making alchemy. Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some but I for one am looking forward to my first sip of the 2013 vintage!

Harvest Festival 2013

Isabella, Sandra, Jenni and Steven

Isabella, Sandra, Jenni and Steven

Another absolutely fabulous Wairarapa Harvest Festival was held on Saturday in the beautiful riverside location known locally as ‘The Cliffs’, just down the road from Johner Estate. It was a hugely successful day with brilliant music, superb food and delicious wine and the crowd had a wonderful day! Thank you to all the visitors to the Johner stand, we always look forward to seeing you and helping ensure everyone has a great time. Can’t wait ’til next time for the best wine festival around!

Party, Party, Party!

Party, Party, Party!

Netting Time

Netting Time

Netting Time

It’s a classic Wairarapa Summer with long sunny days and temperatures soaring in to the mid thirties by early afternoon, followed by refreshingly cool nights. These are perfect conditions for our grapes which are fully formed and ripening. However we are not the only ones watching the crop carefully! The sparrow, finch and starling are all greedily eyeing up the juicy grapes which are just now developing some early sweetness and so the priority this fortnight at Johner Estate is netting. The team are working hard at what is an exhausting but essential job and looking forward to some quieter time after the netting is complete.

Remember the tasting room is open seven days a week, 10am – 4.30pm and we welcome visitors. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Welcome to 2013!

Young grapes January 2013

Young grapes January 2013

And a happy and prosperous New Year to you all!
There was a lovely little drop of much needed rain last night and we are experiencing some perfect summer weather with temperatures occasionally reaching 31 degrees! We are hoping for a wonderful vintage 2013. Vineyard tasks currently include trimming vines and raising the horizontal wires that hold all that lush growth in nice, neat and manageable rows.
Have you had a chance to try our Rose 2012 over the summer? It is the perfect accompaniment to a late and long lunch of fresh bread, charcuterie and camembert, perhaps sitting under a tree in the garden, and is a super price at just $162.00 per case, including courier. Alternatively please contact us if you would like our Summer Tempter case couriered to your door.
Summer Tempter $280 (including courier)
Chardonnay Methode Traditionelle 2009 (3) Elegant fresh, intense floral and citrus aromas.
Pinot Gris 2012 (3) White stonefruit with a delicious little oak spiciness.
Rose 2012 (3) Refreshing off dry cherry and raspberry fruit flavours.
Pinot Noir Reserve 2010 (3) Restrained cherry fruit and herbal characteristics.

Stems, Shoots and Buds – November 2012

Johanna shoot thinning

Johanna shoot thinning

Over early November the team at Johner Estate are busy tidying the fresh new growth on all the vines on the Estate. This detailed job involves not only considering this years growth and fruiting but also keeping a thought for the design of next years growth and appropriate pruning come winter. We need as many superfluous shoots removed as possible whilst leaving good buds for this season’s fruit and a sturdy strong sprout, in exactly the right place to provide next seasons leading cane. One of our new girls, Johanna, (pictured above), tackles all this with a smile! Meanwhile in the tasting room we will shortly be showcasing our new vintage Pinot Noir Moonlight 2010 and Pinot Noir Gladstone 2010. Both will be available in the next couple of weeks so do take the time to pop in to Johner Estate and try these new wines yourselves. And with the party season approaching do get in touch – we love to help with parties… weddings…. and Christmas celebrations!