Gordon Newton Johnson

Gordon grew up in Stellenbosch (an old boy of Paul Roos Gym) around some of the Cape’s leading edge winemakers as family friends (Dave, his father, is one of the founding Cape Wine Masters) and was immersed in the culture, but only followed it closely after university. Having finished an economics degree his more artistic leanings led him to explore wine as a creative medium. Having been hooked he was largely self-taught, with sojourns to France, California, and New Zealand, before taking over the reins of winemaking at Newton Johnson in 1999.

He is based in the Upper-Hemel-en-Aarde Valley which has seen an explosion of quality Pinot noir over the last decade, and where he believes it to be capable of producing wines of world renowned authenticity. Season after season farming their own vineyards gave him a holistic understanding of the vineyard site and the means to allow his wines to follow a natural path. “Experience with an individual vineyard is invaluable and ultimately enables you to discover the finest detail that makes it distinctive.” Hence he makes his wines with a soft hand, rejecting commercial additives, and in a manner that befits each and every vineyard.

Newton Johnson’s success with Gordon has seen the longest, unbroken run of 5 stars for a wine (8 years running) with the Platters Guide, and Red Wine of the Year in the 2013 edition. Internationally, they have scored 95 points for their pinots with writers such as Jamie Goode and Tim Atkin in the UK, and 90+ points in Robert Parkers Wine Advocate in the USA.

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P.O. Box 225 Hermanus 7200

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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windansea Pinot Noir 2017

100% Pinot Noir

Wine of Origin Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

This is a bare-bones glimpse of Windansea, the power dimension to Pinot Noir on our farm. In the stoniest and most clay-rich of our granite soils, the bunches were selectively picked by the family for this small cuvée. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, allowing diverse micro-organisms from the grape itself to flourish unrestrained in the fermentation, enhancing complexity. 11 months maturation with a further six months élevage in large oak. Unfiltered, it will age over many years in bottle.

Tasting Notes: A lavish vintage, saturated with blackberry, liquorice and rich red currants. Lingering impressions of soft spice and freshly turned earth. Bountiful and seamless tannin texture in to a chalky finish.

40 cases of this wine were previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

Drink in 2020 and for the next 12 years.

Auction Year: 2020

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Seadragon Pinot Noir 2015 and Windansea Pinot Noir 2016 (3 bottles of each)

100% Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising three bottles of Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Seadragon Pinot Noir 2015 and three bottles of Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windansea Pinot Noir 2016.

Both of these wines have been cellared to the point of ideal bottle maturation, development and enjoyment, with a wealth of additional cellaring potential.

Seadragon Pinot Noir 2015 (3 x 750ml bottles)
The 2015 Seadragon is the first wine from this vineyard to be bottled under this name. It was scored 96 in Tim Atkin’s 2016 report and Seadragon has featured on the front cover of Decanter Magazine (February 2020) as one of the New World’s best single vineyard Pinot Noirs.

Tasting Notes: Ornate with high floral notes. Complex and lustrous red fruit core, with the prickle of spices and black cherry in the periphery. Symmetric structure, fine and taut, that leads to a long finish.

Ready for drinking from now for the next 15 years.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

Alc: 13.78    RS 2.0    TA 5.6    pH 3.6

Windansea Pinot Noir 2016 (3 x 750ml bottles)
The 2016 Windansea is from a vintage of incredible density and age-worthiness and tends to need a little more time than Seadragon. It was scored 95 points in Tim Atkin’s 2017 report and has held that benchmark (and higher) with every succeeding vintage.

Tasting Notes: A deep concentration of supple and sleek black fruit, embroidered with lucid red fruits. Tertiary elements of stone and graphite deepen to a savoury black core of texture and fibrous tannins.

Ready for drinking from 2021 for the next 15 years.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

Alc: 13.07    RS 2.2    TA 5.9    pH 3.54

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Auction Year: 2020

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Sandford Chardonnay 2018

Sandford offers a sense of energy and vitality when intertwined with the richness of Chardonnay. Coarse, loose grains of granite and quartz reach down to red, iron-rich clay in the soil that underlines the wine’s structure and grip. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, the whole bunches were pressed directly to barrel for fermentation to nish the following spring. Matured for 11 months, the wine is racked through coarse filtration to older barrels for 6 months élevage before bottling.

Tasting Notes: Beaming yellow fruit and mineral crushed stones drive the vigour in the nose, fleshed out with richer stone fruit and roasted chestnuts. Luxuriant front palate merges in to a linear and grippy finish.

Auction Year: 2019

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards The Awakening Mourvèdre

Writhing out of the deep granite formation of ochre-coloured saprolite rocks, each one of these densely planted Mourvèdre bush vines is a sculpted testament to the intensely avoured grapes they produce. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, submerged whole bunches and berries were fermented in closed oak vats with no applied extraction. Matured for 12 months in puncheon barrels, the wine was racked and blended back for a further 3 months élevage. No fining or filtration before bottling.

Tasting Notes: The petrichor smell of rain on hot stones leads to a dense cassis and graphite core, laced with allspice and dried buchu. Chiselled linear tannins are threaded with savoury liquorice in to the finish.

Auction Year: 2019

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windansea Pinot Noir 2017

 

This is a bare-bones glimpse at Windansea, the power dimension to Pinot Noir on our farm. Grown in the stoniest and most clay-rich of our granite soils, the bunches were selectively picked by the family for this small cuvée. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, allowing diverse micro-organisms from the grape itself to flourish unrestrained in the fermentation, enhancing complexity. 11 months maturation, with a further six months élevage in large oak. Unfiltered, it will age over many years in bottle.

Auction Year: 2018

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windansea Pinot Noir 2016

This is a bare-bones glimpse at Windansea, the power dimension to Pinot Noir on our farm. Grown in the stoniest and most clay-rich of our granite soils, the bunches were selectively picked by the family for this small cuvée. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, allowing diverse micro-organisms from the grape itself to flourish unrestrained in the fermentation, enhancing complexity. 11 months maturation, with a further 6 months élevage in large oak. Unfiltered, it will age over many years in bottle.

Auction Year: 2018

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windandsea Pinot Noir 2016

This is a bare-bones glimpse at Windansea, the power dimension to Pinot Noir on our farm.
In the stoniest and most clay rich of our granite soils, the bunches were selectively picked
by the family for this small cuvée. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, it allows
diverse and dynamic micro-organisms from the grape itself to fl ourish unrestrained in the
fermentation. 11 months maturation, with a further six months élevage in larger oak.
Unfi ltered, it will improve over many years in bottle.

Auction Year: 2017

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Seadragon Pinot Noir 2015

Seadragon is a parcel sourced out of a one hectare vineyard that is the heartbeat of the Newton Johnson farm. The bunches were selectively picked by the family, along a narrow contour of broken up claystone in the granitic soil. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, it allows diverse and dynamic micro-organisms from the grape itself to flourish unrestrained in the fermentation. 11 months maturation, with a further six months élevage in larger oak. Unfiltered, it will improve over many years in bottle.

Auction Year: 2017

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Seadragon Pinot Noir 2015

Seadragon is a parcel sourced out of a 1ha vineyard that is the heartbeat of the Newton
Johnson farm. The bunches were selectively picked by the family, along a narrow contour
of broken up claystone in the granitic soil. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, it
allows diverse and dynamic micro-organisms from the grape itself to flourish unrestrained
in the fermentation. 11 months maturation, with a further six months élevage in larger
oak. Unfiltered, it will improve over many years in bottle.

Auction Year: 2016