The new Pinotage

From the February issue of Decanter: Those keeping a close watch on the South African wine scene will have noted the very fine own-label wines of David and Nadia Sadie, the couple at the forefront of the new generation winemakers. Sadie, aged 31, recently took up a position at the Swartland property Paardebosch. There’s a […]

February 4, 2016
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration 2016 reviewed

The third annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration took place this past weekend and the keynote tasting saw producers in the three wards of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Hemel-en-Aarde ridge present their respective wines from the 2014 vintage. Anthony Hamilton Russell, owner of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, described 2014 as “full of obstacles which would […]

February 1, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Southern Right Pinotage 2014

“2014 was a lighter vintage and Pinotage plays well to this,” says Anthony Hamilton Russell, co-owner of the Southern Right brand, his point being that given the variety’s abundant fruit and firm tannins, less can be more. If the 2013 vintage with its 20% new oak and 14.21% abv was just a bit foursquare (see […]

October 7, 2015
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Southern Right Pinotage 2013

It’s curious how the Pinotage debate has gone cold. It used to elicit impassioned arguments for and against but now it only gets referenced incidentally. I think that’s partly because the realisation has dawned that it’s not the single solution to all South Africa’s wine marketing problems and partly because advances in winemaking technique have […]

February 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013

Yesterday Hamilton Russell Vineyards hosted a function “celebrating 33 vintages of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay”.  Those expecting a formal tasting of some older wines would’ve been disappointed – the number of guests was rumoured to be around 200 and with unseasonal rain falling, a garden party soon became a crowded indoor affair. The 2005 through […]

January 14, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Ashbourne Sandstone 2008

According to influential US magazine Wine Spectator, the 2008 vintage of white blend Sandstone under Anthony Hamilton Russell’s Ashbourne label is one of the top 100 wines of 2013 with a score of 93/100. At the launch of the Cape Vintner Classification association yesterday, a chance to taste this wine was afforded. A blend of […]

December 10, 2013
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Ashbourne Sandstone 2006

Although maiden vintage Sandstone 2006 from Anthony Hamilton Russell venture Ashbourne contains 30% Chardonnay and 10% barrel fermented Semillon, it’s the major component Sauvignon Blanc that seems to dominate now. Lots of lime, lemon and herbal notes on nose and palate. Okay, the wine is remarkably intact for its age (only a very slight nuttiness […]

January 27, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Ashbourne 2004

Ashbourne is the site near Hermanus where Anthony Hamilton Russell is attempting to re-imagine what Pinotage might be. One way or another, I’ve had the opportunity to give the maiden 2001 vintage plenty of scrutiny since its release in 2004 and though I respect Hamilton Russell’s agenda of trying to distance himself from Pinotage as […]

April 11, 2012
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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