Newton Johnson Sauvignon Blanc


Conveying the place more than the grape is no mean task with Sauvignon Blanc. The Hemel-en-Aarde and Elgin valleys have for a time been admired for their buoyant, fresh and aromatic white wines.

Newton Johnson take a more artful approach with this blend, aspiring to create a wine with more beauty than exuberance. Soil-type combinations from these various vineyards within the valley produce a spectrum of flavour. Since they planted their first Sauvignon Blanc vineyards back in 1997 we familiarized with the clear, mineral and bright flavours in the wine grown from the white quartz and sandstone soils higher up the vineyard slopes. These fine flavours were well complimented with Sauvignon originating from clay-based soils further down. Clay in contrast produces wines that may initially seem quite indistinct on the nose, slowly producing aromatics of tropical fruits, and it is the luxurious texture in the mouth that is its greatest asset. A component of oaked Semillon in the blend broadens this texture, combining a creamy sensation with the dryness and length of natural acidity.