Felicité by Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2018

By , 5 September 2019

The Family Reserve Pinot Noir from Newton Johnson in Upper Hemel-en-Aarde is highly acclaimed (see review here) but what of this cellar’s more affordable examples of the variety? Tasting notes and ratings for current releases here:

Happiness.

Felicité by Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2018
Approximate retail price: R110
Grapes sourced from across the Cape South Coast and typically matured in a combination of tank and old oak. The nose is very primary with some smoky reduction before black cherry and some musk. The palate is rich and full with fresh acidity and sleek tannins. Massively over-delivers in terms of quality relative to price.

Editor’s rating: 90/100.

Newton Johnson Walker Bay Pinot Noir 2017
Approximate retail price: R225
From younger vineyards on the Newton Johnson property. Matured for 11 months in mostly older oak. The nose shows red fruit, pelargonium and spice while the palate is light bodied with bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish possessing a salty quality. Plenty of hipster appeal.

Editor’s rating: 90/100.

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