After selling out our allocation of the 2016 vintage rather rapidly, we’ve been lucky enough to receive more stock of the Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay and the Family Vineyards Pinot Noir. These wines are both superb and should be represented in every private cellar. The Pinot Noir has previously been rated as one of the top 3 pinot noirs outside Burgundy (Decanter Magazine) and has been awarded 5 stars in Platter since the 2009 vintage. Now that’s consistency for you!

Chardonnay: precision is a word that comes to mind. Hand-harvested and hand-sorted, the fruit is whole bunch pressed, settled and allowed to ferment naturally in barrel. Batonaged fortnighly and aged for 11 months in 228l and 500l Burgundian barrels (24% new) before settling in tank for 2 months prior to bottling. Green lime, chalk and allspice with richer, riper lime and spice developing as wine breathes. A deliciously dry and granular finish.

Pinot Noir: Bunches are sorted on a conveyor, destemmed and fall directly to the fermenter. These vineyard parcels also contain a discretionary percentage of whole bunches/stems, which vary substantially between each site. Cold maceration ensues for 5 to 6 days at 8 to 10°C. All parcels are fermented by indigenous yeasts and only pigeage (punching down) applied for extraction. The
wine spends approximately 15-25 days on the skins before pressing. After pressing, it is racked and left to complete its malolactic fermentation and maturation in barrel. Matured in 228l Burgundian oak barrels for 11 months and then settled in tank for 6 months prior to bottling unfined/unfiltered.  Red currant and cranberry backed by spice and graphite. Blackberry and earthy forest floor character develops with time. Fine tannins and a long, savoury finish.

I can’t say how long the wines will be available as they’re always pretty limited. Please contact us if you’d like to place an order or pick up a bottle when you’re next in town.