Gordon Newton Johnson, multi-five-star-awarded winemaker in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, has become the 46th member to be inducted into the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild.
“As cellarmaster of Newton Johnson Vineyards, Gordon has a proven track record of developing a style of wine that speaks of his clear focus on viticulture, terroir and typicity in the South African context,” says Guild vice-chair Miles Mossop.
Newton Johnson brings extensive international experience into the Guild from stints at wineries in France, New Zealand and California, and is particularly versed in pinot noir, chardonnay, shiraz and mourvèdre. With Platter’s 2014 Red Wine of the Year, seven 5-star ratings for pinot noir, and one for chardonnay, his winemaking prowess speaks for itself.
Newton Johnson Vineyards has been ranked on more than one occasion amongst South Africa’s top 20 producers in a poll by local wine critics. On the international front, the wines have broken the venerable 90/100 barrier in reviews by respected commentators in the UK and USA.
Established in 1982, the Cape Winemakers Guild now comprises 46 of the country’s most respected winemakers, with the vision to elevate the standing of the South African wine industry through their on-going commitment to transformation and the production of world-class, quality wines.
Membership of the Guild is by invitation only, and extended to incumbent winemakers who have been responsible for the production of outstanding wines for a minimum of five years.