Newton Johnson, Full Stop Rock 2020

£20.00 (75cl)

Only 6 left in stock

SKU: SANJ0420B

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The grapes are hand-picked and packed in to large -surface area crates to limit pressure on the bunches. The day’s harvest is cooled down overnight to 8ºC in the winery’s refrigerated cold room. The bunches are sorted on a conveyor, destemmed, and fall directly to the fermenter. No sulphur is used in the winemaking, allowing diverse micro-organisms from the grape itself to flourish unrestrained in the spontaneous fermentation. Some parcels also contain a discretionary percentage of whole bunches together with their stems. Cold maceration ensues for 5 to 7 days at 8 to 10°C. All parcels are fermented with indigenous yeasts, and only pigea ge (punching down) applied for extraction. The wine spends approximately 25 days on the skins before pressing. After pressing the wine is racked and left to complete its malolactic ‘fermentation’ and maturation in barrel on its lees. Matured for 12 months in 500L barrels produced in Burgundy and custom made for the various vineyards. Tighter grained oak is preferred for subtle flavour, with longer seasoning and slower, lower temperature toasting. New oak comprises 5%. The wine is racked to stainless steel tanks for another 6 months of élevage. No fining and filtration before bottling.

Tasting note

Rich and generous with its wild flavour. Brooding black fruits, liquorice and mulberry are laced with black and white pepper, topped with the sweet floral notes of Grenache. Full liquorice flavour, with juicy red fruits in the periphery , and chewy tannins lasting in to the finish.

About the producer

This family farm was founded in the mid-1990s by Cape Wine Master, Dave Johnson and his wife, Felicity (née Newton) and within the past twenty years has built a reputation for producing some of the South Africa’s finest Pinot Noir. Three Platter Five Star wines in the current guide is a fine achievement. Today it is very much their son Gordon, partnered by his wife, Nadia, who are responsible for the winemaking, whilst Bevan looks after the commercial aspects of the business. A total of 18 hectares are planted to vines. Whilst the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have already established fine reputations, the two Syrah-based wines can also claim to be highly regarded. Full Stop Rock takes its name from the infamous rock on the surf-break at Cape St Francis.



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