Ashbourne

Ashbourne - The property is named after Anthony’s great, great grandfather Lord Ashbourne who was Lord Chancellor of Ireland in the late 1800’s.

 

1996

history

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.

2001

Ashbourne
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.

2006

Ashbourne
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.”

 

Anthony Hamilton Russell

2006

Ashbourne
Sandstone

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.

2012

Two Decades Of
Experience

By releasing the Ashbourne Sauvignon blanc/Chardonnay, we draw from our Ashbourne quality research and 2 decades of experience working with blends of Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay to create a wine for people with fine wine palates at a price which enables them to drink it regularly.

2006

Ashbourne
Sandstone

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.

2012

Two Decades Of
Expierence

By releasing the Ashbourne Sauvignon blanc/Chardonnay, we draw from our Ashbourne quality research and 2 decades of experience working with blends of Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay to create a wine for people with fine wine palates at a price which enables them to drink it regularly.

2017

Ashbourne
Sandstone

The first Ashbourne Sandstone wine is released. This wine is grown on quartzitic sandstone soils, which emphasise the nervous energy and minerality of Sauvignon blanc.

2017

Expressing New Terroir



After very encouraging trials and the eventual 2017 release of our unwooded Ashbourne Pinotage/Cinsault blend from old vines, we took a step out of our home terroir into the warmer Swartland, where lower acids and higher pH's combine with the lighter, ancient, decomposed granite soils to afford an ease of structure and mouthfeel enabling a fresh, pure, early release wine with marked aromatic and flavour complexity without bigness.

 

AND BUILDING ON IT

Our excitement over the character of Swarland Cinsault, led us towards making small quantities of Cinsault Rosé. The easy venosity afforded by the area, combine with Cinsault’s larger berries and lighter colour to help us create our ideal South African Rosé style.