Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Pinot Noir 2016

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Western Cape, South Africa

Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Pinot Noir 2016

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Western Cape, South Africa

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Grape Varietes: Pinot Noir 100% Wine Style: Perfect Pinot Winemaker: Emul Ross Optimum Drinking: 2017-2022 Reviewer Rating: 93 Reviewer: Stephen Tanzer Code: 102968 Alcohol: 13.5%
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine estates in all of Africa. It was established by Tim Hamilton Russell in 1975 after he searched long and hard for the most southerly site on which to make South Africa’s top cool climate wines from a selection of noble varieties.

The estate pioneered viticulture in the beautiful, cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation behind the old fishing village of Hermanus and specialises in producing highly individual, terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as amongst the best in South Africa.

Reviews

"This has the soil complexity and light touch of a top Burgundy. Boasts rare energy and subtle grip for South African Pinot Noir." Steven Tanzer

"Whatever the strengths or weaknesses of the 2015, Hamilton Russell is particularly enthusiastic about the just-released 2016 and I have to concur that it does seem to have greater firmness about it without becoming severe. The nose shows darker fruit, musk, herbs and attractive oak. Pure fruit and freshness but also nice tannic structure that suggests a long future.” Wine Magazine