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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley 2022

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Seriously impressive South African chardonnay that shows great concentration on the palate alongside the region's natural freshness and purity. 25% new oak gives nutmeg and spice notes to complement the elegant peach and citrus fruit.
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Code: SA21061

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2027
  • 13% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Newton Johnson Vineyards

In the mid-1990s, Dave Johnson and his wife Felicity (née Newton) joined what was, at the time, a small band of producers in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde valley, and today their sons Gordon and Bevan have taken over the running of this award-winning winery and vineyards. Winemaking is overseen by Gordon and his wife Nadia.

The first bottling was in 1997, and recognition grew steadily, with Newton Johnson now best known for its fine range of pinot noir, including most recently three single-vineyard wines to express different aspects of the granitic soils of the vineyards. The coastal Upper Hemel-en-Aarde valley has one of the coolest climates in South Africa, with maritime winds moderating the temperature, and a diversity of granite, quartz and clay soils.

The winery boasts a stunning view and perfectly placed tasting room and restaurant which looks out towards the popular coastal town of Hermanus and the ocean. In the cellar, gravity is used to avoid mechanical pumping, and only indigenous yeasts are used for fermentation.

Grapes are hand picked and sorted and no chemical additions are made during vinification, all of which is aimed at purity of flavour and natural vineyard expression.

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Masterly, with notes of ripe lemon and orange zest, subtle oak. Plenty of density and concentration on the palate yet retains lift and elegance. Crisp, long, mineral, refreshing finish. A blend from three ...
Masterly, with notes of ripe lemon and orange zest, subtle oak. Plenty of density and concentration on the palate yet retains lift and elegance. Crisp, long, mineral, refreshing finish. A blend from three sites with different aspects, between 240m and 260m on porphorytic granite soils. Whole-bunch pressed with spontaneous fermentation. Matured for 11 months in Burgundian wood, 22% new.
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