We attended a wine tasting with Johner Estate from Gladstone in the Wairarapa this evening at the North Shore Wine & Food Society.
We started with the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie which was lemon flavoured and I thought was more akin to a Riesling from Central Otago. I actually enjoyed this wine however it is not a typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (and nor is it supposed to be with the vineyard having a more German style).
The 2009 Chardonnay Wairarapa was our second wine for the evening. The grapes for this were picked whilst very ripe and hence this is a very different Chardonnay. In fact, if I was doing a blind taste test I doubt I would have picked it as a Chardonnay. It had a sweetness to it and lacked intensity, however I enjoyed it for being that something a little bit different.
I know Martinborough/Gladstone is known for its Pinot Noir, however tonight I'm sorry to say the three Pinot Noirs I tasted weren't doing it for me.
The 2007 Carbernet, Merlot & Malbec was my favourite red of the evening with strong blackcurrant flavours and quite tannic however it wasn't a wine I would rush out to buy and I also thought it was overpriced.
My highlight of the night was in fact the 2009 Noble Sauvignon Blanc. This is a dessert wine that has very strong passionfruit flavours. I can imagine this being a magnificent wine with Pavlova.
The 2009 Noble Pinot Noir was a nice dessert wine too, however it didn't have any wow factor.