EMMI Méthode Traditionnelle Brut is a cuvee of 75 % Pinot Noir and 25 % Chardonnay made from hand harvested Marlborough Grapes. Derived from our Maybern vineyard behind our cellar door, these vines are planted in a champagne clone of Pinot Noir on a 30 degree Northwest facing slope, Marlborough's first steep hillside vineyard, planted first by Warwick in 1977.
After secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine is left on its lees for more than nine years. EMMI is hand riddled on Champagne racks from Epernay, then disgorged (removal of the yeast) by hand in March 2021. We are proud to carry out all processes onsite at Johanneshof Cellars.
Fine persistent effervescence eludes to the high quality of this handmade Méthode Traditionnelle wine. The extended time on lees has resulted in a complex flavour profile and layered texture. Fragrant and intriguing, the palate evolves from Citrus notes into deeper flavours of almond, brioche and truffle. Smooth and velvety, the finish is lengthy and silky.
“Toasty, bready, rich and ready core with aromas of brioche and nut, roasted stone fruits, citrus peel and baked apple. A powerful mousse engages the palate first with flavours of oat and wholewheat bread, baked apple then lemon. Dry, lengthy, crisp and delicious. Best drinking from today and through 2026+”. Cameron Douglas MS
5 ✪✪✪✪✪ Michael Cooper, 'The Listener' December 2021
94/100 Bob Campbell MW, 'The Real Review', March 2021