Ashbourne Pinotage Cinsault 2017

Realising that Pinotage has gone largely overlooked by the Young Guns resident in the Swartland, Anthony Hamilton Russell and team have come up with an unwooded Pinotage Cinsault 2017 from that district and its delicious. An 80:20 blend, it’s an attractive deep purple in colour while the nose shows red cherry, floral fragrance and spice […]

October 3, 2017
by Christian
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Ashbourne Sandstone 2008

According to influential US magazine Wine Spectator, the 2008 vintage of white blend Sandstone under Anthony Hamilton Russell’s Ashbourne label is one of the top 100 wines of 2013 with a score of 93/100. At the launch of the Cape Vintner Classification association yesterday, a chance to taste this wine was afforded. A blend of […]

December 10, 2013
by Christian
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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2013 – three SA wines

Each year, influential US magazine Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select theirTop 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took three places in 2013: 19. Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012 – Score: 93 71. Ashbourne […]

November 18, 2013
by Christian
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Ashbourne Sandstone 2006

Although maiden vintage Sandstone 2006 from Anthony Hamilton Russell venture Ashbourne contains 30% Chardonnay and 10% barrel fermented Semillon, it’s the major component Sauvignon Blanc that seems to dominate now. Lots of lime, lemon and herbal notes on nose and palate. Okay, the wine is remarkably intact for its age (only a very slight nuttiness […]

January 27, 2013
by Christian
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Ashbourne 2004

Ashbourne is the site near Hermanus where Anthony Hamilton Russell is attempting to re-imagine what Pinotage might be. One way or another, I’ve had the opportunity to give the maiden 2001 vintage plenty of scrutiny since its release in 2004 and though I respect Hamilton Russell’s agenda of trying to distance himself from Pinotage as […]

April 11, 2012
by Christian
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Beyerskloof Faith 2008

A tasting of ten examples of red blends featuring Pinotage, the line-up including wines that have come to the fore in one context or another as among the best in category. I reviewed the wines with Groot Constantia winemaker Boela Gerber and  James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s […]

June 1, 2011
by Christian
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Ashbourne Sandstone 2007

As featured in the April issue of Business Day WANTED: “Sauvignon Blanc-plus,” says Anthony Hamilton Russell of Ashbourne Sandstone 2007, which is to sell this wine very short indeed. Better known as the owner of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley property Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Hamilton Russell founded nearby Ashbourne in 1996 convinced that he could make a version […]

May 3, 2011
by Christian
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Ashbourne 2001

After 30 years in the international wine trade, Johann Innerhofer now owns Capelands Estate together with partner Laura Mauri on Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West. This coming Saturday Innerhofer and Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events are hosting a “Magnanimous Barolo & Truffle Dinner” at the property’s Restaurant Magniare. Wines from the excellent […]

August 23, 2010
by Christian
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