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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012

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A building block.
A building block.

The idea behind three single-vineyard bottlings of Pinot Noir in addition to a blend of all of them is “to indulge those who love the variety and let them discover more” says Bevan Newton Johnson, marketing manager of Newton Johnson Vineyards in the Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley.

And so a tasting of Mrs M 2012 (planted on sandy soils) which was sweet fruited and soft, Block 6 2012 (planted on a combination of sand and clay) appearing particularly fresh and then Windansea 2012 (planted on clay) which was relatively big and rich.

The three single vineyard wines each sell for R220 a bottle and the blend, which was rated 5 Stars in the 2014 edition of Platter’s, for R260. Windansea 2012 was of course Red Wine of the Year in Platter’s in addition to being rated 5 Stars but to my mind the blend is the more complete wine and the best that Newton Johnson have made since 2009.

It consists of 30% from the Mrs M vineyard and 40% each from Block 6 and Windansea. Red and black fruit, some musky fragrance and mild spice. Relatively full bodied with coated acidity and suitably firm tannins – not without heft as local examples often are. Very accomplished.

Score: 92/100.

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