Lime Hill Chardonnay
Lime Hill Chardonnay

Lime Hill Chardonnay

Lime Hill is a new project for Karl in tandem with talented winemaker Raphael Burki. Together they discovered a very small plot of land North-East of Masterton on an limestone crest - with soils and micro-climate almost identical to some of the best in Burgundy. The 1.3 hectare site is planted 0.9ha in Pinot Noir, and a miniscule 0.4ha in Chardonnay. The wines are produced in a clear Burgundian style, to emulate the fabulous Puligny-Montrachet.

Karl Johner is well known in NZ's wine industry, having formed Johner Estate in Gladstone Wairarapa in 2001 - spending half his time here in NZ and the other half in his native Germany where he produces a range of quality wines between Freiburg and the French border.

Tasting Note

Predominantly Mendoza clone, closely planted on limestone with a thin layer of clay topsoil. Barrel fermented, aged in fine French oak for 10 months (40% new) with further aging on full lees in tank and full Malolactic fermentation. 

Pale gold in colour, aromas of white peach, fresh whipped cream, and a faint whiff of toast and nutmeg. Delicate on the palate, with lovely freshness and energy. Medium bodied but with excellent length and complexity, nutty nougat, roasted lemon, and savoury stone fruits. Polished and well balanced wine.


  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand - Wairarapa
  • White Wine
  • Chardonnay

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