Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock
78% Syrah; 18% Grenache ; 4% Mourvèdre
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.