Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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The 2017 Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay is particularly exciting. Gordon and Nadia stepped up their game in 2017 and we think it offers stellar value for such a benchmark wine. It is layered and complex with astute oaking and its fine, detailed finish takes this one up a notch.
'Three sites on the farm - two facing north, the other south - supply the fruit for this consistently impressive Chardonnay. Full malolactic gives the wine good weight and texture, complemented by toasty oak, baking spice flavours and pithy freshness. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 94/100

'2017 was the third straight harvest that was warmer and earlier than the average at Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley property Newton Johnson and the result seems to be a wine of particular generosity. Spontaneously fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak, 23% new, the nose is exotic with notes of lemon and orange plus a toasty edge. The palate is rich and broad despite a moderate alcohol of 13.33% – loads of fruit and tangy acidity before a savoury finish. A sumptuous wine with layers of flavour.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100

'The 2017 Family Vineyards Chardonnay is a blend of three vineyards, both north- and south-facing, on more clay-rich soils than the Southend Chardonnay. This has more richness and depth on the nose than the Southend, featuring dried honey, white peach and light honeysuckle scents that waft temptingly from the glass. The palate is well balanced with topical tones - guava, passion fruit and a touch of yellow plum – and a fine thread of acidity on the persistent finish. There is weight but not heaviness to this Chardonnay, which is a real crowd-pleaser.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'Abundant layers of complex flavour growing increasingly luminescent and steely in the glass. Lucid ripe citrus and white peach are inured with ornate spices and lime zest . The fleshiness of the wine sways and eases the razor sharp purity of the Granite soil influence. The brittle crunch in the structure hems in the lush texture, with an elongated thread of grape acid resonating in the finish.' – Winemaker
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Condition New
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating TA 94
Producer information Pinot Noir is infamously picky, but the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has become one of the finest Pinot producing regions in the New World. While the Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is consistently one of SA's finest examples. Newton Johnson is a family vineyard led by Dave and Felicity, located in the upper Hemel en Aarde Valley. Their sons, Bevan and Gordon, have taken over their passion for wine, particularly Pinot Noir, and help the vineyards reach new heights.
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