Passed by Johanneshof just outside Picton, New Zealand and popped in. A small winery with a good reputation for aromatic white. I believe it won the Decanter Best Wine for its Gewurtztraminer in 2005, which is included on the fine wines of Air New Zealand list today.
Having sold all of their Riesling and most of their Gewurtztraminer from the 2018 vintages we were able to taste their Pinot Gris and Botrytis Riesling (described as being produced like a Trockenbeerenauslese but selling at the cellar door for around £18 per half).
Both wines we good although clearly need more time in bottle. My notes were:
Pinot Gris - Clear and bright. Intense yellow, gold. Clean nose. Medium intensity. Spicy, lychee, white plums. Clean palate. Off dry. Rich, mouth filling. Medium acidity. Lychee, dried apricot, honey. Hints of spice and pepper. Medium finish. Nice wine - pleasant on its own or with fish or chicken with a cream sauce.
Botrytis Riesling - clear and bright. Intense nose. Honey, lemon, orange and dried fruits. Very young. Clean palate. Sweet. Good acidity. Rich but not cloying. Honey and citrus fruits. Long finish but very young. The full components are not yet balanced.
Suitcase now includes a bottle of each plus a Gewürztraminer and a bottle of their Blanc de Blanc Sparkling (they still riddle by hand). Not sure how many will make it home!