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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 the best in South Africa and among the finest in the New World. Owner, Anthony Hamilton Russell took...
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.
2017 was back to usual after a particularly early 2015 and 2016. As for 2015 and 2016 however, the duration of harvest was short, with all grapes coming in prior to the end of February - having begun the harvest in the first week of February. Based on average maximum temperatures for the crucial months of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, 2017 was a warm harvest -0.53 centigrade above the long-term average of 25 centigrade. December was warmer, January cooler and February warmer than average. Rainfall for these crucial months was only 10mm below long-term average, so conditions could not be described as particularly dry. The rain which fell was in more regular very small amounts however, raising humidity and creating botrytis pressure. The vineyard's organic use of "good" Trichoderma funguses to attack botrytis was fortunately highly effective and there was no detrimental effect on what turned out to be exceptional grape quality. Altogether 2017 was an excellent vintage, with pure, fine, particularly classic, elegant wines with marked minerality.
Aged for 9 Months in 228 liter French Oak Barrels.
- 96 Points -
The 2017 vintage really is a brilliant year for Cape whites, as this stellar, world famous
Chardonnay confirms. Tighter and more focused than the 2016, it has notes of beeswax,
citrus and tangerine, embellished by aromatic oak. The best release yet of Hamilton Russell Chardonnay.
- 94 Points -
A really stylish white with white stones, dried apricots, white blossoms, lemon curd, jasmine and caramelized citrus peel. Medium to full body, some really nice phenolic texture, very zesty acidity and an pinpoint finish.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
- #57 - Top 100 Wines of 2018 -
Melon, yellow apple, white peach and quince flavors give this an opulent feel, harnessed by honeysuckle and quinine accents through the finish, showing refinement and length in the end.See detailed press review