Latest vintage available online via Port2Port.
- Alcohol 13.60% Acid 5.90 g/l pH 3.37 Residual Sugar 2.5 g/l
- Barrel Maturation None
- Yield 36.2 hl/ha, 5.8 t/ha
- Production 5 280 cases x 12
- Blend Composition Sauvignon blanc 86%, Chardonnay 14%
- Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde 70% Walker Bay 30%
- Release Date November 2019
Exceptional quality and record low yields characterise 2019. Sauvignon blanc yields were 52% down and Pinotage yields were 65% down. And the Sauvignon blanc ripened a little unevenly and unusually early. The Pinotage was particularly concentrated without being too dense or heavy. The Sauvignon blanc has a beautiful vinosity and saline minerality and true to Ashbourne is not too fruit-driven. Our Semillon performed unusually well with yields up 36%. Once again it shows a tight mineral centre with viscous edges.
Overall the vintage was a cooler than 2017 and even 2018, with an average maximum temperature for Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar of 24.5 Centigrade (versus an equivalent long term average for Burgundy of 24.8 Centigrade). Rainfall was lower than average for Spring and during harvest, but occurred in frequent small amounts causing sustained high humidity. Fortunately our organic treatments proved highly effective against the resulting downy and powdery mildew threat. And the day after harvest finished, the serious rains began – some luck at least! We had the highest March rainfall in 21 years. Record low production and some challenges, but the 2019’s have a deep, concentrated, refined beauty.