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Walker Bay, South Africa

Ashbourne

Ashbourne Sandstone 2020

“Lime, white pepper and pear flavours segue into a racy, grapefruity finish, with some skin tannins adding extra grip.”  91 points

Tim Atkin MW, 2021 South Africa Report

“The 2020 Sandstone has a light, tensile, quite steely bouquet, touches of apple blossom coming through with aeration. The palate is well balanced, taut and crisp, displaying just a little more depth than the Hamilton Russell Chardonnay and a suggestion of stem ginger and lemon peel on the finish.” 90 points

Neal Martin, Vinous.com
July 2021

 

Ashbourne Pinotage 2019

“Made with the touch of top Pinot Noir producer, Emul Ross’s Pinotage is one of the most nuanced and complex in the Cape. Floral, racy and nuanced, with delicate tannins, wild strawberry and pomegranate fruit, some pepper spice from partial stem addition and a fine, tapering finish. Bravo!” 96 points 

Tim Atkin MW, 2021 South Africa Report

 

Ashbourne Pinotage 2018

“The 2018 Pinotage has a pure, sensual bouquet of dark cherries, raspberry coulis and violet aromas that are beautifully defined and integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a velvety-smooth texture, gentle grip and a touch of pencil lead toward the finish. A lovely, seductive Pinotage from Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell.” 91 points

Neal Martin, Vinous.com
July 2021

 

Ashbourne Pinotage 2016

“One vineyard, one variety,” is how Anthony Hamilton Russell describes this site in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Now released as a much younger wine since 2015, it’s a stunning expression of the grape, showing spicy red berry fruit, fine tannins and remarkable line and length.” 95 points

Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2018

 

Ashbourne Pinotage/ Cinsault 2019

92 points
Tim Atkin MW, 2019 South Africa Report

 

Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc / Chardonnay 2018

“Sourced from two parts of the Swartland, rather than the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this is the second vintage of this 80/20 blend. It’s a tangy, tart, pomegranate and summer berry style with fine tannins and no wood at all.” 93 points

Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2018

 

Ashbourne Pinotage / Cinsault 2018

“Sourced from two parts of the Swartland, rather than the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this is the second vintage of this 80/20 blend. It’s a tangy, tart, pomegranate and summer berry style with fine tannins and no wood at all.” 93 points

Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2018