Ashbourne - The property is named after Anthony’s great, great grandfather Lord Ashbourne who was Lord Chancellor of Ireland in the late 1800’s.
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.
Makes It Debut
The first Ashbourne wine is released. It is grown on extremely clay-rich, stony soils, well suited to nursing a high level of refinement and classic styling out of Pinotage.
Makes it Debut
The first Ashbourne Sandstone wine is released. This wine is grown on our quartzite sandstone soils, which emphasise the nervous energy and minerality of Sauvignon blanc, this is balanced with the density and glycerol of Chardonnay and Semillon from the same soils, fermented with our endemic yeasts.
“Ashbourne began as a quest to make something extraordinary out of Pinotage in ancient, unusually clay-rich, shale-derived soils. It remains our goal to grow and make unusual, age-worthy, classically styled wines with a true South African personality, that belong in the company of the world's benchmarks.”