Newton Johnson, Family Vineyards Pinot Noir

South Africa | 2019

£28 a bottle

Layered, dense fruit of cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, and Turkish delight alludes to the varied vineyard parcels. The fresh, dewy lift and full sweet violets on the nose conveys the clarity of Mrs. M vineyard in Granite soil. The broad, chewy texture engulfs the palate; framed by the stringy, abrasive tannins of Windansea vineyard; leaching soft spices of cinnamon, clove and fennel 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!

Not least, having completed his Wine Master’s thesis on the Pinot Noir grape, Dave has always been driven by passion for that variety and an intimate knowledge of the vineyard sites from which to source the best grapes.

Grape Variety

100% Pinot Noir.

Grapes are hand-harvested and cooled in special refrigeration facilities before sorting. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts occurs, followed by 11 months ageing in Burgundian oak (28% new) barriques.

Food Match

Try with the classic Chinese style duck and cherry or plum sauce, or wild mushroom risotto.

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Country of Origin

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Hemel-en-Aarde Valley


Medium Bodied Reds

Food Pairing

Asian Food, Mushrooms


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