Newton Johnson

HEMEL-EN-AARDE, SOUTH AFRICA

Founded in the mid 90s by Dave Johnson and his wife Felicity (née Newton) they have built their reputation over the past twenty odd years as producers of some of South Africa's best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The first vintage was in 1997 and made from bought in fruit, before they bought their current farm in 2001. Untouched by chemicals, they began using their own fruit in 2009. Now in the hands of the next generation, Newton Johnson is not just continuing the family business, but every year improving on it.

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Borsao Garnacha 2017 75cl
We love the bigger brother of this wine, so we thought we'd find out what the entry offering was from Borsao. It was fab - a medium weight spicy red that is super cheap! Contains Sulphites
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Pablo y Walter Malbec 2018 75cl
A partnership between Paul (pablo) Boutinot and renowned winemaker Walter Bressia is one that is very fruitful (get the pun?). Using 25 year old malbec vines this is a wine with a fairly intense ruby colour, notes of violets and...
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Domaine Rochebin Pinot Noir 2016 75cl
"Bright red berries with a lovely clod of earth thrown in - just a delicious bottle of Pinot." Situated in a region packed with historical interest, this award-winning Domaine is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Saône Plain in Mâcon....
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15% offThe Listening Station Malbec 2017 75cl
Intense ripe blackcurrant aromas with aromatic spices, tarragon, then clove and vanilla. Black current and black berry fruit flavours are backed by fine, well structured tannins . The ripe fruit is sumptuous and lingers on the palate with a touch...
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Primordial Soup / Prime Cut Red 2016 75cl
A rich and bloody bouillabaisse of the Western Cape’s classical cultivars, packed with juicy life, red in tooth and claw. It has a nose of creamy summer pudding and a palate of crushed cherries with a cranberry tang and texture....
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11% offFalse Bay "Slow" Chenin Blanc 2016 75cl
Wild yeast fermentation is key to this benchmark Chenin Blanc. The long wild yeast ferment provides bready aromas and additional complexity to the wine. Dried herbaceous notes, including fennel and aniseed from the nearby Fynbos, dominate the nose, followed by...
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Bellefontaine Chardonnay 2018 75cl
"Very pure and bright with an attractive orange blossom nose. Zesty acidity is nicely complemented by some richness and peach notes on the palate." Made by Samantha Bailey and Guillaume Letang, this Chardonnay taken from two different regions, Gascony for...
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15% offThe Listening Station Shiraz 2017 75cl
Soft supple Victorian Shiraz, dangerously moreish by the glass. Bright, aromatic and juicy on the nose with just a touch of naughty bacon fat and white pepper. True to the varietal. This vintage is our brightest, most dangerously drinkable Shiraz...
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4% offBodegas Ontanon Rioja Crianza 2015 75cl
Big aromas of cherry with some sweet pipe tobacco and vanilla emerging. The palate is nicely rounded with some wood spice coming out - firm tannin but very well integrated. The finish is warm and tasty. 89pts Contains Sulphites
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Borsao Macabeo 2018 75cl
Fresh and floral nose with ripe peach and lemon. Nutty stone fruit characters are matched by a broad, textural palate and clean, fruity finish. Contains Sulphites
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8% offDomaine Font-Mars Picpoul de Pinet 2019 75cl
"Fresh green apples and white flowers. Bright acidity and a lovely clean, zesty finish. Perfect for Seafood." Jean-Baptiste de Clock runs this superb 5 hectare property right in the heart of Picpoul de Pinet country, 38km south west of Montpellier,...
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Le Fou Pinot Noir 2018 75cl
Le Fou means 'The Madman', possibly because they are trying to make Pinot Noir in southern France. Thing is, this is fab! No oak, all fruit, lovely. Contains Sulphites
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Sierra Grande Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Produced from old vine Sauvignon Blanc grown on the cool, hilly farm of the Martin family, this has fresh, crisp, ripe citrus fruit and is packed with lime zest and kiwi fruit flavours. Think of cool glacial streams and enjoy...
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13% offChateau des Demoiselles 2015 75cl
You loved the 2010 vintage, and this is better, just a bit younger. Mind you, I was drinking the 2010 since it was 3 years old, and I have every intention of enjoying this wine at 3 years old as...
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Domaine Rochebin Macon Villages 2018 75cl
"Oh, so so so tasty, and such good value for money. Light and fresh with a hint, just a hint, of oak. A roast chicken will go with this perfectly." Situated in a region packed with historical interest, this award-winning...
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21% offCline Cellars Lodi Zinfandel 2016 75cl
Seeing six months in French oak (35% new), this Lodi Zin is pretty much like liquidised Black Forest Gateaux. Chocolate, cream, black cherries and vanilla notes, it is a perfect Friday night drinker with a pizza and a movie. Contains...
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Chateau Graville Lacoste Graves Blanc 2019 75cl
"Bright, light and with a lovely delicate lemon and melon aroma. The palate is so soft and subtle, more lemon and peach skin flavours. Very very good." Peter's Points 92pts Owned by Herve Dubourdieu, the vineyards were planted in 1951...
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Bodegas Lacus Inedito 3/3 Rioja 2018 75cl
"Light, bright and fruity. Some red berries and then some hints of Cherry and blackcurrant. A very nice soft palate, all fruit with a little earth on the finish." Lacus is situated in Aldeanueva de Ebro in the Rioja Baja...
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8% offChateau Haut Rian Rose 2019 75cl
"A little dusty earth coming off with fresh floral notes coming off. Loads of strawberry and a hint of white pepper coming off. " Peter's Points: 89 Michel Dietrich and his wife Isabelle originate from Champagne and Alsace and they spent...
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Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red 2018 75cl
"The wine is dark and dense on appearance. The brooding nose is intense and shows an abundance of dark fruits. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, baking spices and heady whiffs of violets create complexity. Dark berry fruit, liquorice, notes of sweet...
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Emiliana Adobe Carmenere 2019 75cl
Rich cherry fruit, hints of capsicum, clove and black pepper on the nose with a palate of smooth berry fruit, robust and full-bodied with ripe well-balanced tannins and a refreshing sappy flavour to the finish. Contains Sulphites
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Chateau Larroque Bordeaux Superieur 2015 75cl
“An attractive nose of oak overlaying seductive dark red fruits with hints of blackcurrant leads onto a complex palate with silky tannins. Soft, earthy flavours of dark cherry and blackcurrant matches silky tannins to finish.” Decanter, World Wine Awards 2017,...
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Chateau Cailloux de By 2016 75cl
"Such a lovely wine - Mars Bars and green peppers with barbecue smokiness on the nose. Nice gentle tannin, freshness and a long finish. This should be your everyday Bordeaux!" Taye Cozine 89pts, Peter's Points 90pts This great property is...
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Primordial Soup White Blend 2016 75cl
A concoction of the Western Cape's brightest cultivars is alive with firm, fleshy fruit. On the nose, it has notes of jasmine and white stone fruit. It has a nuanced citrusy palate and tangy finish.
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Borsao Rosado 2017 75cl
Delicate pink colour with aromas of ripe berry fruit and strawberry. Dry, approachable and wellbalanced, with more appealing juicy strawberry fruit and a creamy mouthfeel.
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Angeline Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 75cl
Peter's thoughts: "It is rich, loads of blueberries and freshly picked blackberries. The palate is balanced, a spicy note with a core of tobacco and leather and an elegant long finish. 90/100"  Growing up in the San Joaquin Valley and...
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Cantina Danese Bardolino  75cl
The Danese family founded a wine business in the early 1950s in the tiny town of Roncà, in the province of Verona. The current father and son team took over in 1997.Cantina Danese is constantly evolving to cater for the...
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Vieux Chateau Bayard 2016 75cl
"I love this wine - sweet black cherries, some subtle mint notes, nice balance with a slight earthy hint." 90/100 Peter's Points Vieux Château Bayard has been in the same family for eight generations and always run by women. Marie-Laure...
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