About this winery
Ashbourne is a small Pinotage, Pinotage blend and Sauvignon blanc blend specialist, founded in 1996 by Anthony Hamilton Russell and located on a beautiful 64 hectare property in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Ashbourne’s primary aim is for its founding wine - the Ashbourne Pinotage (maiden vintage 2001) to belong firmly in the company of the world’s great benchmarks, without in any way replicating them or seeking to taste like them. The wine...
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Notes about product
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. 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.
Fresh, vibrant, perfumed Sauvignon blanc, filled-out and enriched with a carefully judged unwooded Chardonnay component, make this a beautifully balanced and highly versatile wine. More than two decades of family experience have gone into this unique blend.