Ashbourne Pinotage 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
R760
In stock
(Only 4 left)
94
CE
'10 months in 400-litre barrels, 40% new before six months in neutral 2000-litre foudre. A complex nose with notes of raspberry, cranberry, wild strawberry and plum plus fynbos, spice and a little earthiness. The palate shows good fruit concentration offset by fresh, almost sour acidity and fine tannins. Although the alcohol is relatively moderate at 13%, this wine is not without depth. Superbly well balanced, this is an elegant and sophisticated rendition of the variety.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

'A very refined and elegant Pinotage. Carbonic maceration was used on a small part of the crop and the juice retained to blend in post-fermentation, adding extra fresh fruit character. A fresher style than the weighty 2016, this was matured in 400-litre barrels for nine months before spending more time in specially commissioned, neutral, Francois Frère foudres. One of the Cape's finest Pinotages, showing how good this grape can be in the right hands.' – Andy Howard MW, Decanter, 94/100

'Elegant 2017 effortlessly asserts flavours of perfumed bright red & black fruit (50% wholeberry), balanced with ripe, integrated tannins, touch of leather & exotic spicy finish. 40% new French oak enhances & enrobes stellar fruit, assuring a great future. Also in magnum.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)

'The price is certainly punchy at R750, but Anthony Hamilton Russell does want people to take Pinotage more seriously. Sourced from Bokkeveld shale soils and aged in 40% new wood, it's a serious, dense, focused wine with firmish tannins, plenty of dark fruit and the structure to age. Drink 2021-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 92/100


More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Emul Ross
Alcohol 13%
Blend information 100% Pinotage
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Pinotage
Rating CE 94
Technical analysis RS: 2.3 g/L | TA: 5.2 g/L | PH: 3.57
Producer information Established in 1996 by Anthony Hamilton Russell, Ashbourne was founded around their single vineyard pinotage, with the aim of doing something extraordinary with this variety. Located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, on a beautiful property on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, this small Pinotage and Sauvignon blanc based blend specialist has developed a reputation for innovative, highly individual, classically styled and age-worthy blends.
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