Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay 2016 75cl

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Country South Africa
Region South Africa Western Cape
Brand Hamilton Russell
Grape Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Size 75cl
ABV 13.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2016
Maturity Drink now
Food Match Seafood, summer salads, asparagus and aperitifs.
Style Filled out Sauvignon Blanc
Fresh, vibrant, perfumed Sauvignon blanc, filled-out and enriched with a carefully judged unwooded Chardonnay component, make this a beautifully balanced and highly versatile wine.

2016 was another unusually early and short harvest - almost exactly the same timing as 2015. But as is wonderfully the case with nature, the character of the 2016's is surprisingly different to the 2015's. For the winelands in general, the story was of excessive heat and extreme dryness. But this was not the case for our appellation, the Walker Bay. Close proximity to the cool South Atlantic kept the maximum temperatures in line and we also benefited from timely rain from the southeast, which seldom reaches the warmer inland areas. January was quite a bit warmer than our long-term average (the same as for 1998 and 2011) but it was not drier than average. And the crucial month of February was wetter than average without being warmer - as was March. Our main dam was almost full at the end of harvest. A relatively warm December, followed by a hot January was probably the main factor in making 2016 an early year. High humidity did create some anxiety - less over downey mildew - more over oidium - so it will be remembered as a more challenging year than 2015, but the resulting wines for the classicists and purists will perhaps be seen as more typical of our style.

Country Of Origin: South Africa
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. In 2001 the first Ashbourne wine is released. It is grown on extremely clay-rich, stony soils, well suited to nursing a high level of refinement and classic styling out of Pinotage.

"Ashbourne began as a quest to make something extraordinary out of Pinotage in ancient, unusually clay-rich, shale-derived soils. It remains our goal to grow and make unusual, age-worthy, classically styled wines with a true South African personality that belong in the company of the world's benchmarks."

Anthony Hamilton Russell

Country Of Origin: South Africa

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