Ashbourne Sandstone 2021 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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'This is an innovative 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 minerality, salinity and vibrant natural acidity, coated by a full and gentle viscosity derived from wild yeasts, and the method of vinification, not from high alcohol. Nearly three decades of family experience have gone into this blend.' – Emul Ross, Winemaker

Tasting notes on the 2020 vintage:
'51% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in amphorae, 25% Semillon in older oak and 24% Chardonnay in ceramic egg. This is the third vintage of this wine by incumbent winemaker Emul Ross (his predecessor Hannes Storm having made 2009 and 2010 before production was suspended for a while) and it is his most assured offering to date. Enticing aromatics of pear, peach, citrus, blossom, a subtle herbal note and sea breeze while the palate shows pure fruit, zippy acidity and a pithy finish. It’s elegant, delicate even and beautifully poised.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

'Often understated in its first couple of years, Sandstone marries Sauvignon Blanc with 49% Chardonnay and Semillon. Lime, white pepper and pear flavours segue into a racy, grapefruity finish, with some skin tannins adding extra grip. Drink 2021-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 91/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Emul Ross
Alcohol 13.5%
Blend information 58% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Chardonnay and 16% Sémillon
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Technical analysis RS: 1.9 g/L | TA: 6.52 g/L | PH: 3.29
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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