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Newton Johnson Vineyards new vintage release

Following Bevan and Gordy Newton Johnson’s recent visit, we now share with you the official nationwide release of the 2021 vintage of the flagship, Family Vineyards Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Off the back of British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin’s 2022 South Africa Special Report earlier on in the year where both of these wines received 95 points each, the pair of wines are now hitting the market. Today makes for your first opportunity to secure bottles of these benchmark South African cool climate wines.

Dear Reader,

The Family Vineyards Chardonnay is produced from three vineyard sites on the Newton Johnson estate, all widely varied in their exposure to the sun. The granitic soil that makes up these vineyards is what gives this Chardonnay that hallmark mineral freshness, structure and vibrancy. These vineyards lie on the mid-slopes at altitudes of 240-260m within the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

“Toasty and complex, it has aromas of brown toast and oyster shell, layered pear, pastry and lemon juice flavours and a tapering finish.”
95 points, Tim Atkin MW (South Africa 2022 Special Report)

The four vineyards that make up the Family Vineyards Pinot noir all lie mid-slope on the estate, with varying expanses of iron-rich clay soil. The highest of all the vineyards, near the winery, contains shallow clay and larger gravel fragments that articulate the wine with darkened fruit and a sturdy backbone. Following the slope below these vineyards, the soil is deeper and finer in texture, where the roots search for the clay. This wine represents the soil of the entire domaine and the 2021 vintage sees the first time the Sandford vineyard contributes to this wine.

“Spicy and intense, with some granitic grip, forest floor and tobacco leaf undertones and racy red cherry and pomegranate fruit.”
95 points, Tim Atkin MW (South Africa 2022 Special Report)

Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2021
95 pts. Tim Atkin MW

R 450 per bottle

Family Vineyards Pinot noir 2021
95 pts. Tim Atkin MW

R 500 per bottle

The 2021 vintage yielded a much smaller crop for the Newton Johnsons so there is sadly quite a bit less of the above mentioned wines to go around. Bevan and Gordy kindly released some 2020 of both the Family Vineyards Chardonnay and Pinot noir from their family vinoteque. We have therefore inlcuded these below, along with the other new releases – namely, Albariño 2021, Southend Chardonnay 2021 and Walker Bay Pinot noir 2021.

2020 Family Vineyards Chardonnay | 95 points, Tim Atkin MW | R 415
”Made with grapes from three sites – two north- and one south-facing, this is a very complete, balanced wine, with 30% new wood, citrus, oatmeal and cinnamon spice flavours, pithy acidity, a drizzle of cream and commendable palate length.”

2020 Family Vineyards Pinot noir | 96 points, Tim Atkin MW | R 500
”The length of the 2020 growing season helped to produce Pinots with excellent balance and precision. This four vineyard blend – from Mrs M, Sandford, Seadragon and Windansea – is elegant, detailed and refined, with pale colour, wild strawberry, black tea and ginger flavours, electrifying minerality and savoury grip.”

2021 Albariño | 92 points, Tim Atkin MW | R 250
”Such has been the success of the Newton Johnsons’ Albariño, first made in 2014, that they’ve expanded plantings to cover three estate parcels. Fermented in stainless steel and concrete eggs, it’s a pear and stone fruit style with nice lees and supporting acidity.”

2021 Southend Chardonnay | 93 points, Tim Atkin MW | R 250
”Showing what Gordon Newton Johnson calls the “energy” of the 2021 whites, this is a blend of the Siberia and Southend vineyards. Showing subtle struck match reduction, it has appealing salinity and grip, subtle hay and jasmine aromas and a racy, bone-dry finish.”

2021 Walker Bay Pinot noir | 92 points, Tim Atkin MW | R 300
”Produced with a combination of purchased and estate fruit from Bot River and two of the three Hemel-en-Aarde sub-regions, covering five sites in all, this is a delicious Pinot Noir aimed at the by the glass market. Juicy, savoury and perfumed, with 20% whole clusters, a touch of oak and flavours of aniseed and summer berries.”