They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and I say don’t judge this wine by its label. This is an elegant sparkling from Johanneshof Cellars – a tiny boutique winery in Marlborough – if you want to get really specific, Koromiko near Blenheim. They hand pick their grapes, a good sign that they take a ‘hands on’ approach to their winemaking. Edel Everling and Warwick Foley are fifth generation winemakers originally from Germany, home of the mighty Riesling! They were the first to do steep hill planting in Marlborough. The logo on the bottle depicts a fairytale from the homeland about a shipwreck with a ‘happy’ ending (not everyone survives of course) – a nod to their own travels from afar. Don’t get distracted by that. It’s aged in French oak barrels! Tasty, yet subtle.
This wine has everything going for it, a lovely light colour, fresh, floral nose and a texturally it a ‘fine bead’ – no big clumsy bubbles here. It’s dry and crisp, it’s toasty yet has good hints of citrus fruit. Perfectly refreshing.
I enjoyed this one at Auckland Art Gallery – $10.50 per glass, or $55 for the bottle. Don’t waste your time with the glass, just buy the bottle.