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This is one of those Pinot Noirs that I would love to discretely smuggle into a lineup of Burgundy wines to see if professionals can spot the difference, because I for one wager that I probably could not. This is not suggesting the Hamilton-Russell are mimicking Burgundy, rather a testament to the quality of their wines. That includes their exemplary Chardonnay. Both effortlessly straddle Old World and New World, thanks to both the microclimate and terroir of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and the talent in the winery.
October 2014


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HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS
Chardonnay 2018

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Portfolio Portfolio Liquid Art
Product code Product code 538280
Format Format 6x750ml
Country Country South Africa
Regulated designation Regulated designation Wine of origin (WO)
Region Region Western Cape
Subregion Subregion Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Varietal(s) Varietal(s) Chardonnay 100 %
Color Color White
Sugar Sugar Dry
Closure type Closure type Cork


A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage.
HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS

Chardonnay 2018

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- 94+ POINTS -

March 2019


Chatting to Anthony before tasting the 2018, he warned there might still be a hint of reduction on this young white wine. But to be honest, I found it very fresh, pure and delightfully fragrant, though perhaps aromatically a little more restrained and mineral at the moment, showing more yellow citrus, lemon pastille and wet chalk rather than struck match reduction. There is still a very subtle juvenile lick of salted caramel and vanilla spice from the oak barrel ageing, but on the palate, this is where the real pedigree of this wine is revealed. An ultra tight, pinpoint textural finesse, plenty of core energy and a classically restrained Burgundian dry lemon and limestone finish. Wonderfully intense and focused but simultaneously a suave and supremely balanced Chardonnay from the Walker Bay. Give this wine another 6 months in bottle after release and then indulge at will.


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HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS
Pinot Noir 2018

Liquid Art

Western Cape, South Africa

757708 | 6x750ml |

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- 95 Points -

Greg Sherwood MW,


Every new release reveals a vintage of Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir that is again purer, finer and more distinguished than the previous vintage. The 2018 is no exception showing a broody dark fruited nose with lashings of black cherry, black currant and salted black plums. At this young stage, the oak is incredibly well integrated allowing both the purity of black berry fruit and the limestone minerality to really shine through. On the palate, alluring hints of blueberry and mulberry dance a tightly choreographed routine supported by a well drilled accompaniment of mineral tannins finishing with a long, sappy, black bramble berry finish. This must surely rank as one of the finest young Pinot Noirs produced at the winery to date.

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Pinot Noir 2018

About HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS

HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS

Hamilton Russell Vineyards – one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea – pioneered viticulture and winemaking in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as among the finest in the New World.



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