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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
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93

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)

Product Description:

"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

Product Detail

Item # 102769
Country South Africa
Region Cape South Coast
Sub-Region Walker Bay
Ratings

93 - Wine Spectator

93 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

93 - Stephen Tanzer

92 - International Wine Report

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 13.87%
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom
Nose barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato