Newton Johnson Windansea Pinot Noir 2018
By Christian Eedes, 9 April 2020
Pinot Noir, as we all know, is capricious to grow and often confounding to taste but when everything comes together for good, it is capable of truly spell-binding wine. The Windansea 2018 from Newton Johnson in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is among the very best that I have tasted from South Africa.
Grapes from a single high-lying vineyard on mostly clay soil, the nose initially shows dark cherry, earth, spice and even a slight meatiness but later also reveals rose and more red fruit. The palate has great depth, bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish long and savoury. Really impressive structure, drive and balance – whereas local Pinot is sometimes a little two-dimensional, this is properly complex. Approximate retail price: R550 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
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