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Ashbourne PINOTAGE

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.

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  • Soil Low vigour, stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil

 

  • Alcohol 13.50%  Acid 5.80 g/l  pH 3.50  Residual Sugar 2.3 g/l

 

  • Barrel Ageing 10 months in 400 litre tight grained French oak barrels, 7 months in 2000 litre neutral Foudre

 

  • Wooding 100% 400 litre French Oak and 2000 litre neutral Foudre

 

  • Tight Grain 100%

 

  •  1st fill 40%  2nd fill 40% 3rd fill 20%

 

  • French Coopers:  Francois Freres

 

  • Yield 3.11 tons/ha,19.3 hl/ha  Production 224 cases x 12

 

  • Vegan Friendly

 

  • Release Date – January 2020
Growing Season

After the early and short 2015 and 2016 harvests, 2018, like 2017 was back to our usual timing, beginning at the end of the first week of February, but (a longer harvest) finishing at the end of the first week of March.  Budding was even and successful, with higher than usual early Spring temperatures, but an unusually wet November and a cool December affected flowering and fruit-set, resulting in particularly low yields – far lower than our already low yields. The berries were smaller and the bunches were lighter, but the resulting wines were deeper, fuller and more structured.  December and January were drier than average, making for relatively easy and successful disease control organically, with February only very slightly wetter than our long term average. A warmer than average February, combined with the very low yields and small berries did however contribute to the riper more opulent style of 2018 compared to 2017.  One of the features of 2018 was fairly variable ripening within individual vineyards, and within individual bunches. Picking on taste, combined with analysis, and picking particular areas within individual vineyards at different times, was particularly important in 2018. This required a high level of vigilance and very close teamwork between cellar and vineyard, both of which were carried out with great success. 2018 was an excellent vintage for us.

 

 

  • WWF Conservation Champions

95 Points - Tim Atkin MW