Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 17.5°Brix
Date of Harvest: 20 March 2009
Our Rabbit Island vineyards are situated on a wide river flat. The soil is a gravelly sandy loam, which marks the sites of Maori kumara (sweet potato) beds prior to European settlement in the early 1800's. The Maori transferred and spread fine gravel and sand over the land to provide suitable soils for their kumara plantings. Scrub was burned to give ash and charcoal, which increased soil fertility and gave characteristic topsoil. This fertility is now considerably reduced due to modern farming. The soils are, however very sandy and free draining. The natural water table is relatively high ensuring adequate underground water. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea, which helps moderate temperatures.
Johanna is made from both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown on our Rabbit Island Vineyard. It was fermented then matured on the yeast lees for 18 months, giving Johanna a gorgeous pale straw-pink colour and slightly nutty-berry fragrance.
The nose has hints of cherry and boysenberry, with soft biscuity characters coming through on the palate alongside summer berry fruits. An enjoyable crisp finish lingers on the palate.