English’s adds Sauvignon Blanc from Newton Johnson
We’d been searching for a great wine that’s perfect by the glass, and we found it at the Newton Johnson vineyard. The family-run vineyard – situated near the seaside town of Hermanus, an hour and a half’s drive out of Cape Town – have over 30 years of experience in the wine industry, so straight away they were the perfect match for our heritage at English’s.
The estate is in the coastal region of Walker Bay, giving the Newton brothers, Bevan and Gordy, time to also indulge their surfing obsession!
The whole family work together to produce and market their wine. Dave, a Cape Wine Master, is assisted by his wife Felicity, two brothers, Bevan and Gordon, Gordon’s wife Nadia and Bevan’s wife Ezanne. From graphic design to marketing, winemaking to logistics, it’s all hands on deck at the Newton Johnson Vineyard.
Their passion for wines is evident in their natural wine making process, and the wines that they create. In the cellar they use gravity to avoid mechanical pumping, and do not add any yeast to the fermentations in order to utilise the indigenous strains from the vineyard. Hand picking and sorting, no chemical additions and soft extraction by hand all account for purity of flavour and natural expression from the vineyard.
This wine is made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape which produces crisp, mouth-watering wines with powerful gooseberry and citrus flavours. However, because it’s from a hot country, it also has some tropical fruit flavours. It’s a perfect accompaniment to any of our fresh seafood, and just as good by the glass or the bottle.
Thanks to Simon Greenhalgh from Bibendum for introducing us to this fantastic wine! Next time you visit English’s of Brighton, please ask your waiter if you would like to try this wine. We’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do!