Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2022


Region: Hemel-en Aarde Valley

Tasting Note

‘Grapes from three blocks, two north-facing and one south-facing. Matured for 11 months in 228- and 500-litre barrels, 25% new. Aromatics are still very primary with notes of citrus, oatmeal, a hint of vanilla and some flinty reduction. The palate is intense but not overly weighty – extra-concentrated fruit and scintillating acidity before a savoury finish. Pure, energetic and beautifully poised, this is years off drinking at its best. Alc: 13%.’ – CE 96/100

‘Blending three different components from both sides of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this is a beautifully judged Chardonnay from a South African master of the variety. Voluptuous and textured, yet focused and energetic at the same time, it has struck match top notes, 22% new oak, citrus and vanilla spice flavours and a pithy, salty finish. 2024-30’ – Tim Atkin MW 95/100

‘A little popcorn toasty but in a good way – fresh, buttery, salty popcorn. Golden apples and lots of vibrant energy with mouth-watering tang of lime pickle, salt and tamarind. Great length. 2023-2028’ – Tamlyn Currin,, 16.5/20


6 in stock.
As our stock is sold through our two retail outlets and online, stock levels are provided as a guide only and are liable to change.