Ashbourne, Sandstone 750ml 2019

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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SKU
AshbourneSandstone201923072020
R185
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Critic Score

90
CE

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This small production of Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon is the result of many years of research into the best possible expression of the quartzitic sandstone derived soils and the cool, maritime expression. Complexity and character are built through fermentation and ageing in ceramic eggs and amphorae, and carefully blended. The goal is to produce an appellation and soil driven wine with marked classical styling.

Blend: 49% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Chardonnay and 26% Sémillon

Tasting notes:
'A blend of 49% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Semillon and 25% Chardonnay fermented and matured in a combination of amphorae and old oak. Pear, citrus and a subtle herbal note on the nose while the palate is lean and fresh with a saline finish. Carefully crafted, the result is an understated, very well-balanced wine.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 90/100

'This is an innovative white blend that captures the most beautiful possible expression of the sandstone-derived soils in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Free by design of excessively dramatic varietal fruit, the focus of the wine is on bright, hard minerality, salinity and vibrant natural acidity, coated by a full and gentle viscosity derived from a unique endemic yeast and the method of vinification, not from high alcohol. Nearly three decades of family experience have gone into this blend.' – Winemaker

Alc: 13.5% | RS: 1.66 g/L | TA: 6.18 g/L | PH: 3.39

About Ashbourne:
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.


More Information
Bottle Size 750ml
Style White
Country South Africa
Rating CE 90
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R185.00
Producer Ashbourne
Region Hemel-en-Aarde
Variety Blend
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com  |  AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com  |  CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za  |  DEC: Decanter  |  GS: Greg Sherwood MW  |  JS: James Suckling  |  JR: JancisRobinson.com  |  JD: Jeb Dunnuck  |  NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show  |  PG: Platter's Guide  |  ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com  |  TA: Tim Atkin MW  |  VIN: Vinous.com  |  WA: Wine Advocate  |  WE: Wine Enthusiast  |  WM: Winemag.co.za Report  |  WS: Wine Spectator