2016 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir Hemel En Aarde ValleyPinot Noir from South Africa
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"Our low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of well under 35 hl/ha and our philosophy of expressing our terroir in our wines – give...
- 93 Wine Spectator
- 93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 93 Stephen Tanzer
- 92 International Wine Report
93 Wine Spectator
Tightly focused, with a lovely beam of red currant, raspberry and bitter cherry coulis flavors racing through, enhanced by a bright iron note and backed by a long, floral-edged finish. Best from 2018 through 2023. 3,614 cases made. –JM
93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
A brooding pinot that shows delicious strawberries, cherries, crab apples and undertones of herbs, stones and orange peel. Cedar too. Medium body, fine-grained and juicy tannins and a long, almond-like finish. Wonderful stuff.
93 Stephen Tanzer
“This has the soil complexity and light touch of a top Burgundy. Boasts rare energy and subtle grip for South African Pinot noir.”
92 International Wine Report
The 2016 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir is sourced from a 52-hectare vineyard set on low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil situated in the cooler maritime micro-climate of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Translucent in color, this wine begins with earthy aromatics of forest floor and tobacco leaf, with red currants and red berries coming together in the glass. Lithe, with a strong salinity, the wine shows a core of cherry, red berries, sweet tobacco and pomegranate flavors that connect with beautiful tension and a long lingering finish. Overall this is another beautiful vintage for this Pinot Noir and I expect this will only become more appealing as it evolves in the cellar. (Best 2017-2030)
"Our low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of well under 35 hl/ha and our philosophy of expressing our terroir in our wines – give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of our Pinot noir. Our Pinot noir is not overtly fruity, soft and “sweet” and it generally shows hints of that alluring savoury “primal” character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume.,"- Winery
|Region||Cape South Coast|
93 - Wine Spectator
93 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
93 - Stephen Tanzer
92 - International Wine Report
|Taste||ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom|
|Nose||barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato|