Newton Johnson, Family Vineyards Granum 2013

Newton Johnson, Family Vineyards Granum 2013

Newton Johnson, Family Vineyards Granum 2013

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Newton Johnson, Family Vineyards Granum 2013

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Granum is grown exclusively on sites of higher density plantings and Echalas–trained vines of Syrah and Mourvèdre. The most rugged of these are found at the very bottom of the Newton Johnson farm. Granite soil is known to bear fresh, precise and perfumed wines.

ANALYSIS

Alcohol by volume 14.24 %, Total acidity 4.85 g/l, pH 3.68, Residual sugar 1.96 g/l

BACKGROUND

The foremost feature of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation is the outcrop of weathered granite soil that is exclusive in the Cape south coast. This iron-rich granite is found in diverse size and texture due to the various stages of cooling when the magma formed this parent rock. Granum is grown exclusively on sites of higher density plantings and echalas–trained (vine trained on its own wooden stake) vines of Syrah and Mourvèdre. The most rugged of these are found at the very bottom of the Newton Johnson farm. Granite soil is known to bear fresh, precise and perfumed wines. After a few years in the pipeline, we took the decision to release the first edition of this estate red from the very worthy 2012 vintage. It carries our own typical approach of soft handling in the cellar and use of whole bunches and stems to add definition and length.

LOCATION & CLIMATE

The Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley ranges from 4 to 8 km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is cool and temperate, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly ocean-going winds through the appellation during the summer. These winds in turn breathe regular sea mists and overcast conditions, moderating the temperatures in the valley. The average high temperature during the summer taken from the preceding 5 vintages is 24.8ºC. Correspondingly, the winter maintains around the average of 13.6ºC. The annual rainfall is 820 mm, with 50% falling in the winter months. The appellation has fine, gravelly soils of decomposed granite origin, rendering various expanses and depth of clay in the subsoil.

APPELLATION

Wine of Origin Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley. SOIL Decomposed, porphrytic granite. 2 metres of 80% stone over clay subsoil.

  • ASPECT: Northwest.
  • TRELLISSING SYSTEM: Echalas and Goblet (bushvine)
  • AGE OF VINES: 8 years
  • PRUNING: Echalas and Goblet (bush vine)
  • VINES PER Ha: 5 112
  • AVERAGE YIELD: 2.3 tons/Ha (16 hl/Ha)

2013 VINTAGE

Growing Season & Harvesting The late winter delayed bud break by up to 3 weeks leading into one of the coldest and driest spring seasons in recent years. 175 mm of rain fell up until flowering – half the usual amount. This resulted in slow and moderate growth, both in the vine canopies and the fruit. The small berries were notable from this slow cell division, though bunch quantity was ample and good yields experienced. A warm summer sped up the ripening considerably after veraison. 90 mm of rain fell over picking in February and March, quite normal for the period, though fruit health was immaculate from well aerated vines and loose bunches. Slow, complex flavour development and density should be centrepiece to a vintage with benchmark potential.

WINEMAKING

All our fruit is harvested by hand and packed into crates with large surface areas (13 kg). The day’s harvest is cooled down overnight to 8ºC in the winery’s refrigeration room. The bunches are sorted on a conveyor, destemmed, berry sorted by hand again, and fed directly to the fermenter. Some parcels also contain a discretionary percentage of whole bunches together with their stems. Cold maceration ensues for 3 to 6 days at 8 to 10°C. All parcels are fermented with indigenous yeasts, and only pigeage (punching down) applied for extraction. The fermentation temperatures peak between 26 and 30°C, depending on the vineyard. After pressing the wine is racked and left to complete its malolactic fermentation and maturation in oak barrels.

MATURATION

100% matured for 12 months in barriques (228 L barrels) made in Burgundy. The barrels are custom made for this vineyard. In general, tighter grained oak is preferred for more subtle flavour, with longer seasoning and slower toasting. New oak comprises 21%, 2nd fill 14%, 3rd fill 25% and other 40%.

ACCOLADES

Platter 4,5 Stars

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