Hamilton Russell Vineyards new releases
By Christian Eedes, 18 May 2021
The team at Hemel en Aarde Valley property Hamilton Russell Vineyards pride themselves on making wines that clearly express vintage conditions, 2020 cooler than fire-affected 2019, and phenolic ripeness at lower alcohol than usual. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows:
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2020
Fermented in mostly 228-litre French oak barrels, 24% new but also a small portion in foudre before maturation lasting nine months. Aromatics of citrus, an attractive herbal note plus hints of struck-match reduction and vanilla. Most definitely a lighter vintage but the palate shows great purity of fruit and racy acidity before a dry finish – taut and energetic. Alcohol: 12.9%. Total production: 51 516 bottles.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2020
Matured for 10 months in 228-litre French oak barrels, 25% new. Cranberry, wild strawberry, musk, fresh herbs and white pepper on the nose while the palate is light and very fresh with crunchy tannins – delicate and discreet. Alcohol: 12.8%. Total production: 31 092 bottles.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
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