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Ashbourne Sandstone Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 2009

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12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Ashbourne Sandstone is grown on quartzitic sandstone soils which emphasise the nervous energy and minerality of Sauvignon blanc.

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The 2009 Sandstone (Sauvignon Blanc) is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, the latter matured in clay amphora for around 6 months and the rest in stainless steel. It was kept on the lees for six months with no malolactic fermentation. The idea is to have two or three years bottle maturation. It has a potent nose: nettle, gooseberry, sous-bois and grass clippings emerging at full throttle. The palate is well-balanced with nettle and Mirin notes on the entry, then later dried honey, grilled walnut, tinned peas and asparagus coming through. As usual, this is very distinctive, perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but certainly it has its place.
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Ashbourne, South Africa
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Ashbourne is a small Pinotage blend and Sauvignon Blanc blend specialist, founded in 1996 by Anthony Hamilton Russell and located on a beautiful 113 hectare property in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards.

Ashbourne’s aim is for its two wines - the Ashbourne (maiden vintage 2001) and the Ashbourne Sandstone (maiden vintage 2006) - to belong firmly in the company of the world’s great benchmarks, without in any way replicating them or seeking to taste like them. The wines do not carry the varieties on the front label as it is Anthony’s belief that grape varieties are more a means of expressing the character of the site and soils than the site and soils are for expressing the character of the varieties.

RGL0109538sx_2009 Item# 144298