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41 hl/ha, 6.0 t/ha
Sauvignon blanc 80% Chardonnay 20%
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 71% Walker Bay 29%
9 942 cases
Release date – OCTOBER 2018
After the early and short 2015 and 2016 harvests, 2018, like 2017 was back to our usual timing, beginning at the end of the first week of February, but (a longer harvest) finishing at the end of the first week of March. Budding was even and successful, with higher than usual early Spring temperatures, but an unusually wet November and a cool December affected flowering and fruit-set, resulting in particularly low yields – far lower than our already low yields. The berries were smaller and the bunches were lighter, but the resulting wines were deeper, fuller and more structured. December and January were drier than average, making for relatively easy and successful disease control organically, with February only very slightly wetter than our long term average. 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 compared to 2017. 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 for us.
90 - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
90 Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
The 2018 Ashbourne white is composed of Sauvignon Blanc (80%) and Chardonnay (20%). It opens with aromas of white peach and gooseberry on the nose with some salted almond tones that round out the aromatics. The palate is highly refreshing as the wine unveils a notable richness and combination of citrus rind, tree fruit and with melon undertones that persist through the finish.