Newton Johnson Granum (750ml)
Newton Johnson Vineyards is owned and managed by the Newton Johnson family. The farm is based in the upper Hemel en Aarde Valley near the seaside town of Hermanus, an hour and a half drive out of Cape Town. The foremost feature of the Upper Hemelen-Aarde Valley appellation is an 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. The grapes for this wine are 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. It is a perfect match for these varieties. A blend of 88% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre, this wine carries the estate’s 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 freshlyturned earth render finer detail. Intricate tannin structure, fine and powdery to assertive grip, restrains the rich flavour into a long and savoury finish.
“From the bottom of the farm with the rockiest soils. 75% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre. Lively, bright and peppery with some sweet black cherry fruit and fresh, fine, grippy cola and pepper notes, with a hint of clove. Distinctive, bright and primary with potential for development. Zippy and expressive. Subtle green notes here, too, with olive and dried meats.” wineanorak.com 93/100