Ashbourne 2015 from Anthony Hamilton Russell and team is the first release under this label since the 2010 vintage and whereas previous incarnations of the wine were Pinotage-dominated blends, it is now entirely from Pinotage.
Fermentation involving 10% whole-bunch, the wine was matured for 11 months in 400-litre barrels, 40% new and then for a further five months in 2000-litre foudre. On the nose, plum and dark cherry as well as earth, vanilla and spice plus a varnish-like note. The palate has a nice vinosity about it – fresh with a long and savoury finish. It’s a somewhat peculiar wine as serious Pinotage often is. Price: R750 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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