If you’ve got it flaunt it – the stunning dry gewürz from Marlborough’s Johanneshof

My readers know that I am a lover of gewürztraminer, especially the great producers of Alsace and New Zealand. If in doubt see the articles for Hugel, Brookfields and Coopers Creek. I haven’t indulged this passion for a while so it is time!

Johanneshof 2008 Dry Gewürztraminer

Johanneshof 2008 Dry Gewürztraminer

On my recent trip to NZ the good man Dean at Centre City wine shop in Wellington recommended the Johanneshof 2008 dry (trocken in German) gewürztraminer from Marlborough. I generally prefer the drier styles of gewürztraminer – anyone who tells you it has to be sweet is – how shall we put it – wrong! Of course a touch of sugar is left in the winemaking, as it is with the Alsatian examples like Hugel, and this helps keep the palate soft and luscious – but the palate detects very little sugar, just fruit weight and full mouthfeel.

Check out the beautiful deep sparkling golden colour on this five-year old wine. The nose just blows your mind – it is lifted and perfumed, bursting with dried stonefruit and cherry blossom, with lashings of lychee and Turkish Delight. There are sturdy secondary characters of ripe juicy fleshy peaches and herbs, with an edge of minerality and tinge of smokiness. Since it has had no oak, my guess is that the smoky touches have come from the yeast strain(s). Please correct me if I am wrong – I am an enthusiast not an expert.

On the palate it is up there with the best gewürztraminer I have ever had – and I have had more than I can remember. The stonefruit comes through with honeysuckle and dried herbs and the gentle minerality. It is luxuriously soft and long, a peaches and cream treat with complexity and class. I groaned many times drinking this wine. Mmmmmm!!!

The winemakers trained in Germany and it shows, as this is reminiscent of the Alsatian aged beauties I have tried. The fruit quality is outstanding and winemaking masterful, allowing the wine to display its amazing qualities like a strutting peacock. It can show off to me any time!

This wine was perfect with matured cheeses, nuts and dried fruits. It would also partner well with spicy food. Or just drink it on its own.

Check it out at: www.johanneshof.co.nz/wines/2008-gewurztraminer/



About tigchandler

English-born, lived several years in Wellington, NZ, then in Adelaide, South Australia, and recently moved back to New Zealand. With an economics background, I have worked in researching wine consumption patterns, marketing, economics and social media at the University of Adelaide. I also worked a vintage and in wineries in McLaren Vale so have seen both the research/analytical side of the industry and the practical/hands-on side. I have retail experience and many ongoing industry links all around Australia and overseas. This blog reflects my ongoing passion for everything related to the wine industry.
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5 Responses to If you’ve got it flaunt it – the stunning dry gewürz from Marlborough’s Johanneshof

  1. This is my favourite NZ Gewurz – young or old. Great writeup!

  2. What can I say as one of the makers of the wine that you describe so beautifully! It reads like poetry and makes us very proud! thank you for your lovely words and taking the time to let others know! (As a footnote our wines are now back in Australia after a few years of absence! http://www.airoldifinewines.com.au)

    • tigchandler says:

      Many thanks Edel Everling! It is most certainly one the best wines I have ever tasted. I am not sponsored by anyone to write this blog, I just write what I believe. I am soon to move back to NZ to live and shall be looking for more of your wine, especially the gewurz! Best regards Nicola (Tigs)

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