Walker Bay, South Africa
Located on a 113 hectare property on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Ashbourne is a Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc blend specialist. Named after Anthony Hamilton Russell’s great, great grandfather Lord Ashbourne, the wines have redeﬁned thinking on South Africa’s oft maligned native grape variety, Pinotage, since the maiden release in 2001.
Ashbourne is grown on extremely clay-rich, stony soils, well suited to nursing a high level of reﬁnement and classic styling out of Pinotage, while the Ashbourne Sandstone is grown on quartzitic sandstone soils, which emphasise the nervous energy and minerality of Sauvignon blanc. Both these wines are only released when bottle ageing has created additional complexity and appealing secondary character.
This year a new Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay blend has joined the range. Made up of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, this is a fresh and perfumed wine produced from grapes sourced in the Walker Bay area, and enriched by the carefully judged un-wooded Chardonnay component.