Our Maybern vineyard is a tribute to Warwick's parents May and Bernard who allowed Warwick to establish a vineyard on their land when he was just a teenager. Located behind our cellar door in Koromiko our home block vineyard 'Maybern' became Marlborough's first steep hillside vineyard in 1977. On this North West facing steep slope mechanical intervention is impossible, so all work on this vineyard is done by hand, except for the mowing, which is usually done by our sheep!
Made from hand harvested grapes, the Johanneshof Pinot Noir Maybern Reserve is a partial wild ferment, where the wine is allowed to ferment with indigenous yeasts, unique to our Koromiko vineyard and winery. Nurtured with minimal intervention and no additions other than minimal amounts of sulphur, our Pinot Noir was aged in French barrels for 12 months and bottled with a light filtration in February 2021.
"Vibrant ruby red, the Johanneshof Pinot Noir Maybern 2019 seduces with its fragrance and flavours of cherries and red berries with a touch of plum and leather. Earthy undertones with fine tannins and medium acidity lead to a nuanced finish. The soft tannins promise a good potential to age, while its immediate drinkability might not allow for this however. Perfect with hearty dishes complementing mushrooms, meat and game.
At it's best: now to 2025" Cameron Douglas MS, 2021
Previous vintage ratings:
5 ✪✪✪✪✪ - 95 /100 - Cameron Douglas MS, Nov 18
5 ✪✪✪✪✪ - 93+/100 - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit, May 18
89 /100 - Robert Parker Wine Advocate USA, Joe Czerwinski, April 2021