Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 'Seadragon' Pinot Noir, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa 2017

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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 'Seadragon' Pinot Noir, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa 2017

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When a South African Pinot Noir transports you to Chambolle-Musigny in the blink of a sip, it’s time to sit up and take notice, even if the price will cause tuts and eye-rolling in certain quarters. That’s only to be expected, because many believe that a South African Pinot Noir can never reach the giddy heights of a great Burgundy and we know such disbelievers exist, because we were among them. But tasting this single vineyard Pinot Noir from the cool, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley changed all that. It took us straight back to the cellars of Mugneret-Gibourg in Vosne-Romanée and, more specifically, the experience of tasting, from barrel, their young Chambolle-Musigny from the Premier Cru ‘Les Feusselottes’. That probably sounds a bit twatty, but certain wine moments are imprinted on your memory and that sense of drinking liquid rubies was never more vivid than in the vaulted cellars of Mugneret-Gibourg, until it happened again in The Cape while sampling this magnificent wine. It’s not only the finest Pinot Noir ever made in South Africa, it’s one of the finest Pinot Noirs you will ever taste, and in that context, for less than £50.00 a bottle, it’s actually fantastic value. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2027.


Press review:

Tim Atkin MW:
“Seadragon comes from a north-facing slope on clay and granite soils and is one of the New World’s best Pinot Noirs. Close to a Chambolle or Volnay in style, it’s pure, racy and perfumed, all summer berries and pot pourri, with remarkable minerality and palate length. Delicious. 2019-2027“ 96 points

NB (We wrote our tasting note before seeing Tim Atkin’s reference to Chambolle-Musigny. A photo of James’s handwritten note is available on request!)

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