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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Granum Syrah Mourvedre

SAF053

£26.00

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From stony soils at the bottom of the farm. Stake-trained Syrah and bush vine Mourvedre. Peppery and minty on the nose with some clove and pine oil, too. Savoury, spicy, peppery and vivid with a medicinal, minty edge. Strongly savoury and vivid with real grip. This is a complex, resiny, savoury, spicy wine with real personality.

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One of the stars of Hemel-en-Aarde is Newton Johnson.  They've come a long way in a relatively short period of time, and are now making some of the best wines to come from this region, with a massive leap in quality over the last few vintages.  This is a family business.  Dave Johnson set things going, and he's now assisted by the next generation, sons Bevan (managing director and in charge of marketing) and Gordy (who makes the wines along with his wife Nadine).

They moved to Hemel en Aarde and began making wines here in 1997 and now have 18 hectares of vines in Hemel-en-Aarde spread over two sites.  The main farm is 40 hectares with 14 hectares of vineyards and the second is 104 hectares, with 4 hectares of vines at the moment but the possibility to expand to 20.  The rest of the property is mountainous.

The foremost feature of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation is the outcrop of weathered Granite soil that is exclusive in the Cape South Coast.  This iron rich granite is found in diverse size and texture due to the various stages of cooling when the magma formed this parent rock.  Granum is grown exclusively on sites of higher density plantings and Echalas–trained (vine trained on its own wooden stake) vines of Syrah and Mourvèdre.  The most rugged of these are found at the very bottom of the Newton Johnson farm.  Granite soil is known to bear fresh, precise and aromatic wines and is a perfect match for these varieties.  After a few years in the pipeline, we took the decision to release the first edition of this estate red from the very worthy 2012 vintage.  It carries our own typical approach of soft handling in the cellar and a generous use of whole bunches and stems to mark definition and length.

Glowing and luxuriant.  Sophisticated black and red fruits mark the superabundance of this epic red vintage.  Graphite, fennel seed, warm spice and freshly turned earth render finer detail.  Intricate tannin structure, fine and powdery to assertive grip, restrain the rich flavour in to a long and savoury finish.

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We aim to keep our vintage information up to date but the vintage displayed may not always being the vintage in stock. If you require a specific vintage please get in touch.
, Syrah / Shiraz
AllergensMay contain allergens please contact us if you require any additional information
Biodynamic No
Organic No
Natural No
Grape Mourvedre, Syrah / Shiraz
Vegan Yes
Oak Levels No
Vegetarian Yes
Vintage 2015
ABV 14%
Bottle Size 750ml
Country South Africa
Producer Newton Johnson Family Vineyards
EW Bin Number SAF053
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