Full Stop Rock Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2017
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards, Hemel-en-Aarde
“If you want refined Chardonnay or Pinot Noir with finesse and restraint, this is the place to come.” Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate October 2014
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.
Bright, flashy red fruits and sweet floral fragrance highlights the layers of luscious cassis, mulberry and savoury liquorice. Warm spice and white pepper imparts restraint over the sweet fruit. The polished texture of sleek tannins, plump fruit and liquorice saturate the palate, with tangy red berries furnishing freshness and length.
Grape: 80% Syrah, 18% Grenache, 2% Mourvèdre