Ashbourne Pinotage 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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'Made from a site planted in 1996 to make a single vineyard Pinotage - quite a bold move at the time by Anthony Hamilton Russell - Ashbourne was not produced between 2011 and 2015 and includes some new material in 2018. Grippy, firm and serious, it's a very ambitious red with some spice from the addition of stems, blackberry and red berry fruit and fine oak. Bravo! Drink 2022-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'An impressive rich, savoury and expressive red from 16-year-old trellised vines planted on Bokkeveld Shales. Matured for 10 months in 400 litre barrels, 40% of which were new, with approximately 10% of sun-dried stems added back for additional structural complexity during fermentation. The aromatics are lifted, fresh and perfumed with opulent notes of black cherries, red berries, eucalyptus, peppermint crisp milk chocolate and sappy spicy oak nuances. The palate reveals attractively rich, plush, textured fruit notes with bright tangy acids, plenty of red berry freshness and ample mineral fine grained tannin characteristics. An attractive multi-dimensional wine that shows a lot of pedigree.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 93+/100

'Savoury & rich 2018 has alluring mulberry, brambleberry & tapenade wafts to match the lush, silky smooth tannins. Wholeberry fermented, portion with wild yeast, 40% new oak (barrels & foudres) for 10 months.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

'From a different block to that which produced the 2015 through 2017 vintages and consequently slightly different in flavour profile. Stems added back for additional spice. Matured for 10 months in 400-litre barrels, 40% new. Plum and black cherry, a floral note, dried herbs and some reduction in the background. Slightly more heft and grip to the palate compared to its predecessors although by no means overdone – great fruit definition and bright acidity before a dry finish.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

'The 2018 Pinotage, matured for 10 months in 400-liter French oak, has a lifted, perfumed bouquet of violet and iris-infused black fruit, camphor coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a medicinal opening, quite citrusy in style, and a brisk and focused finish. This is a classy, thoroughly enjoyable Pinotage.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 90/100 (Apr 2021)

'From the maiden release in 2001, this benchmark wine has redefined South Africa’s own red grape variety, Pinotage, with its classic, refined styling and unique complex character. This is a wine unlike anything else, intense, rich and savoury with a beautiful underlying minerality.' – Emul Ross, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Emul Ross
Alcohol 13.5%
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Pinotage
Rating TA 95
Technical analysis RS: 2.3 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.5
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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