Syrah and Mourvèdre are grown exclusively on granite sites of higher density plantings with the most rugged of these at the very bottom of the Newton Johnson farm. Granite soil is known to bear fresh, precise and perfumed wines. This is the first edition of this estate red from the very worthy 2012 vintage and carries their typical approach of soft handling in the cellar and use of whole bunches and stems to add definition and length.
75cl bottle £21.95
Syrah and Mourvèdre are grown exclusively on granite sites of higher density plantings with the most rugged of these at the very bottom of the Newton Johnson farm. Granite soil is known to bear fresh, precise and perfumed wines. Soft handling in the cellar and use of whole bunches and stems to add definition and length.
This is a fabulous addition to the newton Johnson range introducing a very Rhône like wine with clove, pepper and incense spices intertwined with sweet blackberry fruit and judicious oak.
75cl bottle £23.50
12 bottle case £260.00
Slightly in the shadow of the Family Pinot Noir, this is a Newton Johnson Estate wine made from younger vines and vineyards on the lower slopes that have been nurtured for the last decade or so. These younger vines could in time provide the best quality of all, however at this stage they are more preoccupied with a flirtatious, fruit assertive character.
2014 was a classic cooler vintage with crisp red fruit and more pronounced tertiary character. Sour cherry aromas with a brilliant floral display, deepened by earthy wafts of wet leaves and forest floor. Tight, youthful tannin in the mouth with red fruit drop sweetness in the middle palate. Linear finish with liquorice in the after-taste.
75cl bottle £18.50
12 bottle case £195.00
From the finely structured decomposed granite and clay soils of the Domaine in Hemel-en-Aarde. Pure and precise characters of fragrant cherries, currants, earthiness, and spice. The perfume and silky smooth tannins are complemented by depth provided by the red clay deeper in the soil. The emphasis is on fragrance, reconciling power with grace, and is quite a diverse expression from the substance and muscle of the wines Newton Johnson make from Elgin. With several years of consecutive Platter 5 star ratings this wine is developing a superb track record of delivering consistent quality at a level that should make Burgundy sit up and take notice.
Always one of my favourites, the release of this wine is hotly anticipated every year and it has always surpassed expectations. This is some of the best Pinot Noir you will find outside Burgundy.
Made up of mostly Windansea, with 25% each of Seadragon and Mrs M, this "expresses all of the soils of the farm", according to Gordon Newton Johnson, and is a superb Pinot. Leafy, complex and spicy, with evident whole bunch flavours, fine tannins and a sweet finish. 2018-28.
Tim Atkin MW - 95 pts
75cl bottle £28.00
12 bottle case £295.00
Comprised of grapes from 3 vineyard sites within the farm, with each block having a widely varied exposure to the sun, this is a compelling Chardonnay from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde valley. Elegant and complex with a steely acidity forming the core of a wine that offers mouth-watering citrus flavours with some sweet spice framed by judicious oak. Give this a couple of years and it will rock!
75cl bottle £24.50
12 bottle case £260.00
Another personal favourite amongst the many outstanding Chardonnays emanating from South Africa. The consistency of Newton Johnson's Family Chardonnay over the last decade is building their reputation for reliable and exemplary winemaking.
Marrying grapes from north- and south-facing slopes allows the Newton Johnsons to produce a more complete wine, with power balanced by freshness. This is leesy, waxy and refined, with scented oak and a thread of citrus acidity. 2017-22.
Tim Atkin MW - 94 pts
75cl bottle £23.50
12 bottle case £240.00
A journey into the combined expression of sandstone and clay soils. Sandstone provides the mineral and aromatic citrus fruit characters; while clay adds texture, depth, and riper tropical flavours in the mouth. 5% Semillon fermented in oak provides an extra creamy sensation.
75cl bottle £12.50
12 bottle case £130.00