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Win one of two six-bottle mixed cases of wine featuring some of the top performers from the recent Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report. Featured wines: B Vintners Reservoir Road 2016 – 90/100 Creation Reserve 2016 – 90/100 De Grendel Op die Berg 2014 – 91/100 Dabar 2015 – 92/100 Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2016 – […]

October 9, 2017
by Christian
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016

Only Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards would be mildly dismissive of his own wine rating 5 Stars in Platter’s but that’s precisely the impression he gave when discussing the 2015 at the recent Hemel-en-Aarede Winegrowers Pinot Celebration, his comment being that it was particularly “commercial” on account of how generous the fruit appears […]

January 30, 2017
by Christian
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

It appears many things came together for good in the case of the Pinot Noir 2015 from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley producer Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Emul Ross, previously understudy to Gottfried Mocke at Chamonix, was in charge as winemaker for the first time; the property is now operating organically; harvest was early and short, leading to grapes […]

June 29, 2016
by Christian
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The state of South African wine label design

Does South African wine packaging reflect the excellence of what most commentators agree is now appearing in the bottle? The second annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel and convened by Winemag.co.za were announced last night (full resuls HERE) and the feeling among the judges (Rebecca Constable of Woolworths, designers Sean Harrison of Whitespace […]

February 26, 2016
by Christian
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Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir 2015

Tesselaarsdal is a new label belonging to longstanding Hamilton Russell Vineyards employee Berene Sauls, her first wine being a Pinot Noir 2015, grapes sourced from Mount Babylon in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge and the wine made by HRV’s Emul Ross. Vinification involved one new barrel, one second-fill and two third-fill. The nose is still very primary but […]

February 1, 2016
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2014

There are a few South African wines which, regardless of vintage or particular rating, have become crucial reference points – Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh, Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and Kanonkop Pinotage, for instance. Though the Beaumonts of Bot River go about their business in a quiet and unassuming way, their Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc is […]

September 17, 2015
by Christian
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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
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Out and about in the Hemel-en-Aarde

The Hemel-en-Aarde near Hermanus is far from a bargain-hunter’s paradise. Top-rated wineries and equally remarkable eateries line the R320, the valley’s aorta, and the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs for which these wards are known are priced at R150 and up. So why go? Unlike some other Cape winelands regions, when it comes to accommodation there […]

November 13, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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