Newton Johnson, Family Vineyards Chardonnay

South Africa | 2021, 2022
(1 customer review)

£26.50 a bottle

Abundant layers of complex flavour growing increasingly luminescent and steely in the glass. Lucid ripe citrus and white peach are inured with ornate spices and lime zest. The fleshiness of the wine sways and eases the razor-sharp purity of the Granite soil influence. The brittle crunch in the structure hems in the lush texture, with an elongated thread of grape acid resonating in the finish.

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The Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is a cool climate region in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the surrounding mountains funnelling sea breezes and frequent mists through the vineyards. Vines sit on well-draining gravelly soils of granite origin, with clay deposits on the lower reaches. Combined with different aspects, the family’s three vineyard sites yield a range of flavour profiles in the grapes – resulting in characterful and complex wines.


Founded by Cape Wine Master, Dave Johnson and his wife, Felicity (née Newton), Newton Johnson Family Vineyards has been solidly building its reputation over the past 20 years. Since their first vintage in 1997 made from bought fruit, they are now producing some of the Cape’s finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their own 15 hectares of vines. No less than three Five Stars in Platter’s Wine Guide 2017 says it all!

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay.

Grapes are hand-harvested and cooled in special refrigeration facilities before sorting. Natural fermentation occurs with some Bâtonnage (lees stirring) followed by 11 months ageing in Burgundian oak (22% new) barriques.

Food Match

A classic partner to flat white fish with a butter, capers and fish stock based sauce.

Alcohol Percentage


Additional information


2021, 2022

Grape Variety

Country of Origin

Alcohol Percentage



Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Food Pairing



Full Bodied & Rich Whites

1 review for Newton Johnson, Family Vineyards Chardonnay

  1. Richard

    Rounded, deep with a touch of acidity and salinity. A top quality Chardonnay.

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