(2022) From one of my favourite producers of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in South Africa, this was whole-bunch pressed. Light gold in colour, there is flint here and a smoky barrel note, nutty almond and creaminess combining with stoner fruit aromas. In the mouth there is abundant fruit sweetness and ripeness, loads of lightly buttery and nutty apple and more exotic peachy flavours, the oak adding a sheen of oatmeal and the acidity beautifully poised. Another class act from Newton Johnson.
(2015) Clay Shales is a single vineyard, and this wine was barrel fermented, though only 17% of barrels were new. Again there's a lovely natural feel to this, with lemony finesse and the sheerness of the acidity. The palate has a lime pith acid structure and an orange touch to the fruit, but it is tight and focused into a long and balanced finish.