Ashbourne Pinotage, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

£44.25 / bottle

5 in stock

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Description

Ashbourne Pinotage is a considered by many to be one of the world’s finest Pinotages. It is classic, cool climate “Old World” expression of the variety. The first vintage was released in 2001.

Ashbourne Wines is located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It was created by the owner of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Anthony Hamilton Russell, and is named after his great, great grandfather Lord Ashbourne who was Lord Chancellor of Ireland in the late 1800’s. The project was founded on the eastern border of  Hamilton Russell Vineyards in 1996 to create a single, extraordinary Pinotage in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation. The estate comprises 64 hectares of vineyards in close proximity to the cool South Atlantic Ocean. The vineyards are planted on extremely iron-rich and clay-rich, stony soils which helps produce the refined, classic style. As well as this superb Pinotage they also produce Sandstone white wine a blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Semillon fermented in Terracotta Amporae, Nomblot Egg and Ceramic Egg.

After harvest and vinification, the grapes for Ashbourne Pinotage are 100% barrel matured for 10 months in 400 litre barrels and 6 months in neutral 2000 litre Foudre. The barrels, Francois Freres are a combination of  1st fill 40%  2nd fill 40% and 3rd fill 20%. 

Only 2388 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes

From the maiden release of  Ashbourne Pinotage in 2001, this benchmark wine has redefined South Africa’s own red grape variety, Pinotage, with its classic, refined styling and unique complex character. This is a wine unlike anything else, intense, rich and savoury with a beautiful underlying minerality.

Food Pairing

Drink with grilled red meats, pizza, pasta and charcuterie.

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