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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
Pinot Noir 2015

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Portfolio Portfolio Liquid Art
Product code Product code 757708
Format Format 6x750ml
Listing type Listing type Speculative
Status Status Available
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) Pinot Noir 100 %
Alcohol percentage Alcohol percentage 14.11%


Low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of well under 35 hl/ha and the philosophy of expressing the terroir in this wine – give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of this Pinot noir.
HAMILTON RUSSELL

Pinot Noir 2015

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- 94 Points -

September 2016


After some disappointments in recent years, the Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir seems to be back on track under the hand of Emul Ross. Using a fruit salad of clones, and benefiting from more unvirused material and less obvious wood, it’s savoury, structured and complex with an undertone of mint and ferrous concentration.


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- 95 Points -

Natalie MacLean, January 2017


Breathing this in is like walking into an opium den for wine lovers. Satin pillows of fleshy black cherry invite you to lie back, close your eyes and let your senses roam. Surely one of South Africa's finest Pinot Noir producers! Hamilton-Russell leads the way in the country for cool-climate viticulture and racy, exciting wines. Sophisticated and complex, but extremely easy to drink. Lavish fleshy ripe cherry aromas and flavours yet not simple or sweet. Complex, elegant and layered South African Pinot Noir from a master producer. Some dark spice on the finish. Silk texture...This is easy to mistake for a top shelf Burgundian Pinot.


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About HAMILTON RUSSELL

HAMILTON RUSSELL

After over 30 years of dedication to the Burgundian ideals of balance and elegance, Hamilton Russell 's wines have become global benchmarks; not just for pinot noir and chardonnay, but as exemplary cool-climate wines that effortlessly combine New World vitality and Old World finesse. Hamilton Russell is universally acknowledged to be one of greatest wine producers in South Africa.



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