Ashbourne, Pinotage Cinsault 750ml 2019South Africa, Swartland
'Planted in 1972 and 1974, with Old Vine Project status on the cards, this is an unwooded, separately fermented cuvée of Pinotage and 18% Cinsault. Aromatic, very pure and refined, it has racy acidity, some granitic backbone and layers of summer pudding fruit. Drink 2020-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 92/100
'W.O. Swartland. A blend of 84% Pinotage from a 1973 certified heritage vineyard and 14% Cinsault. Unwooded, this shows red cherry, cranberry, musk and a little fynbos on the nose. The palate has plenty of juicy fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins. A cheerful, charming wine.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 90/100
Alc: 12.6% | RS: 1.5 g/L | TA: 5.2 g/L | PH: 3.68
Established in 1996 by Anthony Hamilton Russell, Ashbourne was founded around their single vineyard pinotage, with the aim of doing something extraordinary with this variety. Located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, on a beautiful property on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, this small Pinotage and Sauvignon blanc based blend specialist has developed a reputation for innovative, highly individual, classically styled and age-worthy blends.
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.5 g/L | TA: 5.2 g/L | PH: 3.68|
|Blend information||84% Pinotage and 16% Cinsault|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator