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John Gehrig

www.johngehrigwines.com.au

Gehrig Lane, Oxley, 3678

Ph: (03) 5727 3395

Cellar Door: Mon-Sat (9-5); Sun (10-6)

John Gehrig is a fourth generation winemaker whose family first settled in the late 1850's at Barnawartha in North East Victoria.

In 1976 John and Elizabeth purchased twenty acres of land at Oxley on the King River and during that year established their first vines. Cellar sales commenced in 1981 and fourteen acres are now under vine, producing most of their grape requirements.

Their modern family operated winery is designed for a 70 tonne grape crush. The vineyard is planted with Riesling, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Muscat, Durif, Petit Verdot, Gamay, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Merlot.

A grafting programme has ensured that half of the vines are on their own roots, with the other half grafted onto American root stock to offset the danger of phylloxera infestation that periodically appears in this region.

Since 2000 the wine-making baton has been passed to the fifth generation, Ross Gehrig, who is a Bachelor of Wine Science graduate from Charles Sturt University.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

John Gehrig Sparkling Merlot NV

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, crown seal, fragrant and bright raspberry and redcurrant with a hint of sarsaparilla, rose petals and pepper notes, the acidity is well balanced so is more savoury and earthy rather than cloying, fine tannins (****)

John Gehrig Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, plump, supple and broad raspberry and mulberry with some savoury complexity emerging on the mid-palate and a hint of tomato stalk, medium birdied with dark earthiness and persistent chalky tannins (***1/2)

John Gehrig Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, broad and plump golden pear, granny smith apple and lime with toasty brown spices and white flower notes, chalky with fresh lime acidity (***)

John Gehrig Chenin Blanc 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 3017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016,  restrained and broad golden pear, granny smith apple and green melon with toasty brown spices, dry with crisp citric acidity (***)

John Gehrig Cabernet Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, a plump 50:50 blend with the Cabernet coming from their Rutherglen vineyard,  perfumed redcurrant and plums with violet, dark chocolate and black olive notes, medium bodied with rhubarb savouries and grainy tannins, sweet vanilla/cedar American Oak (***)

John Gehrig Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, from the rather cold and wet vintage, made in an aperitif off-dry style showing red apple, passionfruit and lime with spice and jasmine notes, tangy grapefruit acidity, nice surprise from an area not highly regarded for Riesling (****)

John Gehrig Elizabeth’s Block 2009

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, this is their Bordeaux-style blend, early picked, fragrant redcurrant and blackcurrant with violet, mint and pepper notes, glycerolly medium bodied palate with savoury, grainy tannins with fresh acidity (***1/2)

John Gehrig Gamay 2011

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, made in a fresh Beaujalois style for immediate consumption, light-medium bodied red cherry and strawberry with barnyard, violet and mineral notes (***)

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

John Gehrig Chenin Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2012, flavoursome, rounded and broad showing green apple, nectarine and golden pear with some fine phenolics and a touch of residual sugar, chalky orange rind acidity (***1/2)

John Gehrig Elizabeth’s Block 2008

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, Bordeaux-style blend, fragrant and firm blackberry and blackcurrant with violet, mint and pepper notes, blocky medium-full bodied palate, persistent grainy tannins with lively acidity (***1/2)

John Gehrig Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, firm glazed black cherry and plum with savoury nuances, medium-full bodied and oaky with lots of chocolate/cedar and fine powdery tannins, more a medium-full bodied dry red than varietal (***)

John Gehrig Fossil Hill Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, pre-release tasting sourced from a King Valley vineyard at a slightly lower altitude than the estate vineyard, medium-full bodied black cherry and fruitcake with some white pepper infused with a fine powdery texture, the cinnamon-vanilla bean oak is a bit overt at the moment but should integrate with time (***1/2)

John Gehrig Chenin Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, off-dry, spicy nectarine and green apple with a creamy mid-palate, powdery texture, orange rind acidity is perhaps a touch soft but is one of more genuine varietal expressions in Australia (***1/2)

John Gehrig Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, big and sturdy showing blackberry and raspberry with plenty of glycerol and cracked black pepper, fine dusty tannins with some dark chocolate on the finish (***)

John Gehrig RG Durif 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, ripe blackberry, plum and mulberry with anise, pepper and cinnamon notes, minerally texture on back half contrasts with creamy coffee-vanilla-chocolate oak, slightly charry, big but not too over the top, dusty tannins (****)

John Gehrig Elizabeth’s Block 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, the first release of this Bordeaux blend, smooth, leafy and ripe red cherry, mulberry and plum with some pepper, mint and cinnamon notes, fine and persistent savoury tannins run through the palate, creamy chocolate-coffee oak support in the background (***1/2)

John Gehrig Cabernet Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, medium bodied blackcurrant, redcurrant and plum with mint and leaf notes, savoury with chalky texture, spicy Merlot lift tin the middle, a touch of mocha-chocolate on the finish (***1/2)

John Gehrig Cremant de Gamay 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, a fun novelty sparkling based on Gamay with a taste I can only describe as resembling a creamy cherry, raspberry and chocolate spider (a mix of ice cream with a flavoured soft drink), don’t think about it too much, just knock it back and enjoy (***)

John Gehrig RG Durif 2005

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, yes, a Durif from the warm north end of the King Valley, dense blackberry and dark plums with some mulberry and anise aspects, juicy palate with cinnamon and black pepper complexity, coffee-cedar oak with a gentle backbone of dusty tannins (****)

John Gehrig Chenin Blanc 2005

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, attractive green apple, pear and orange rind, little residual sugar showing with a lingering chalky mineral finish, more Loire Valley than most fruit bowl Australian examples of this variety (****)

John Gehrig Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, lush and raisened Muscat fruit with spice, marmalade, honey with a hint of wood and rancio, balanced acidity (***1/2)

John Gehrig Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, yellow-gold colour, bright lime and honeysuckle with some brown spices and a flinty acid base, some residual sugar, is ageing rather rapidly so drink up (***1/2)

John Gehrig Gamay 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, fresh raspberry and red cherry flavours, light-medium bodied but a bit fuller and brighter than a typical French Beaujolais, the back palate is quite peppery, smooth tannins, chocolate oak features, not Old World but a pleasant alternative to Rose if you want a slightly chilled summer afternoon drink (***1/2)