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Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2017



Newton Johnson Vineyards is owned and managed by the Newton Johnson family. The farm is based in the upper Hemel en Aarde Valley near the seaside town of Hermanus, an hour and a half’s drive out of Cape Town. This is a popular tourist destination, famous for some of the most spectacular land-based whale watching in the world lush indigenous fynbos, a floral kingdom, home to 1500 species and exclusive to the Cape, mountain walks and bike trails.

The lower slopes of the Newton Johnson farm are undeniably suited to Rhône/Mediterranean grape varieties. Alluvial deposits of large stone fragments up to two metres deep require robust vines to search for nutrients and water. ‘FULL STOP ROCK’ is how we define this
jagged landscape.

Unlike Pinot noir that is sapped of its plump fruit and vitality, robust vines like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, thrive in this type of soil. When we pioneered the Syrah grape in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley little was known of the potential styles of Syrah-based blends from
the cooler South African wine areas. We were encouraged to discover clear-cut, invigorating wines with compact black fruit, spice, perfume, and sophisticated tannins.

Gregarious and untameable. 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.


This product is eligible for 10% discount when purchased as part of a 12 bottle purchase