2022 Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde

2022 Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde

This is very fine - juicy with lots of minerality. There’s also plenty of generous fruit, which is juicy and nicely balanced: notes of greengage and a lot of citrus. The finish is structured and long, with mouth watering salinity abounding.

Critic score
94/100 info
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Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£114.00
Bottle
In stock
£19.00

Wine details

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Ready 2024 - 2036info
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13%

Tasting notes

Made with full malolactic - "it's not really a choice, it just kicks in," says Gordon Newton Johnson - this comes from a cooler, south-facing slope that tends to produce a steely style. Aged in 11% new wood, it's sappy, focused and refreshing, with lime and lemongrass flavours and a hint of struck match. 2023-28

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2023)
93/100

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, timatkin.com (September 2023)
95/100

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