Seadragon is a parcel sourced out of a one hectare vineyard that is the heartbeat of the Newton Johnson farm. The bunches were selectively picked by the family, along a narrow contour of broken up claystone in the granitic soil. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, it allows diverse and dynamic micro-organisms from the grape itself to flourish unrestrained in the fermentation. 11 months maturation, with a further six months élevage in larger oak. Unfiltered, it will improve over many years in bottle.
Tasted this at the fabulous Cape Winemakers Guild press tasting in London pre-auction. Everyone in the room was swept off their feet including big wigs Dr Jamie Goode and Tim Atkin MW. A really profound expression of South African Pinot Noir. A real WOW wine! 95/100
Founder Dave Johnson, vintners Gordon & Nadia Newton Johnson & vine man Dean Leppan followed a narrow contour of broken claystone in the granite soil to pick perfect bunches early one morning, for no-sulphur ‘free rein’ vinification. Resulting 2015 debut Auction wine is profound, powerful, astounding. 650 bottles.