From the maiden release in 2001, this benchmark wine has redefined South Africa’s own red grape variety, Pinotage, with its classic, refined styling and unique complex character. This is a wine unlike anything else, intense, rich and savoury with a beautiful underlying minerality.
Named after Anthony Hamilton Russell’s great, great grandfather, Lord Ashbourne, who was Lord Chancellor for Ireland in the late 1800’s, Ashbourne is a small Pinotage blend and Sauvignon blanc blend specialist, located on a beautiful 113 hectare property in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards. This Pinotage blend has been 100% barrel matured for 14 months and has gone through 100% malolatic fermentation in 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels.
The average of the maximum temperatures for the season – December, January, February, March was almost exactly equal to our long term average of 25 Centigrade, making 2010 essentially the same as 2009 and cooler than 2005 and 2003. Higher than average rainfall through winter and up to veraison, followed by lower than average rainfall until the end of harvest, contributed to easy, extremely healthy ripening. 2010 was a short, logistically challenging harvest (due to simultaneous ripening) with low yields.
Pinotage 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec 5%
Petit Verdot 5%
Made in Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, South Africa.
750ml Bottle Size