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South Africa, Hemel-En Aarde Valley


Ashbourne 'Sandstone' 2009

Ashbourne 'Sandstone' 2009 big scores on this unwooded blend of 88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

Lightly herbal on the nose with cut grass, asparagus and some taut lemon, citrus fruit cut with a mineral element aromatically. Weighing in at 12.5% alcohol this projects a delicate texture, medium bodied, crisp and clean with good length and tangy, lightly herbal tinged lemon-curd fruit flavors. Tried this with poached salmon and peas in a light Alfredo cream sauce with fettuccine noodles and it was an exquisite match.

Food Accompaniments

Poached salmon in a light white cream sauce

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

93 pts Wine Spectator Web Only - 2019
Sweet pea, yellow apple, honeysuckle, heather and verbena notes are seamlessly woven here, with streaks of quinine, savory and tarragon providing intriguing contrast in the background. Drink now through 2023
93 pts Tim Atkin MW
Always released with some bottle age, this unoaked blend of Sauvignon Blanc with 12% Chardonnay develops stylishly in bottle. Complex and refined, it’s more of a blend than a utilitarian combination of varietals, showing savoury, smoky complexity and real length.
91 pts Wine Advocate Issue #215 Oct 2014
The 2009 Sandstone (Sauvignon Blanc) is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, the latter matured in clay amphora for around 6 months and the rest in stainless steel. It was kept on the lees for six months with no malolactic fermentation. The idea is to have two or three years bottle maturation. It has a potent nose: nettle, gooseberry, sous-bois and grass clippings emerging at full throttle. The palate is well-balanced with nettle and Mirin notes on the entry, then later dried honey, grilled walnut, tinned peas and asparagus coming through. As usual, this is very distinctive, perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but certainly it has its place.

Chemical Analysis

6 Bottle price




12.5% alcohol by volume




Other White

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