2019 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
18B9HRCH6PK _ 2019 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay - 6x75cl
Colour
White
Producer
Hamilton Russell
Region
Hemel-en-Aarde
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
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2019 HAMILTON RUSSELL CHARDONNAY - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Hamilton Russell
Region
Hemel-en-Aarde
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £174.00 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, August 2020

    The team at Hamilton Russell has produced an enthralling Chardonnay. The 2019 shows pretty white flowers and stone fruits on the nose with hints of ginger. The palate is crisp and taut with a keen line of acidity and tingling minerality. Barrel fermentation adds beautiful weight and texture. Cool and crystalline, it's a delight.

  • DC

    Decanter, June 2020,
    Score: 93

    A very fine Chardonnay produced in difficult circumstances given the fire/smoke issues in the Western Cape. Unlike the Pinot Noir, this has been produced with 100% estate fruit and is very successful. Bunches were pressed whole (rather than de-stemmed) to reduce any smoke taint risks. Very crisp on the palate with fine acidity and a touch of stoned fruit, this is concentrated, mineral and elegant. Very youthful, ideally give this another 12 months to blossom a bit more.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, June 2020

    While the chardonnay crop was 44% down, this is the most remarkable HR chardonnay I have ever tasted. With stunning depth and juiciness, plush, but controlled oak and serious length, this is a phenomenal creation. There is exquisite balance here, too, and all of this class and luxury sits atop stiletto-sharp acidity and a restrained 13.2% alcohol level. Pound for pound, this wine is in contention for Chardonnay of the Year. “Against all odds” is a recurring theme for this terrific winery.

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Producer

Hamilton Russell

Located in the cool climate region of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this renowned estate produces pure, refined and classicly styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Current owners Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell took over from Anthony's father in 1994 who planted the first vines in 1976. This is a cool climate region thanks to the nearby cold South Atlantic and, much like in Burgundy, the soils are extremely rich in iron and clay. This 52 hectares estate seeks to make terroir-driven wines that express the beauty of this privileged site. Head winemaker Emul Ross (formerly of Cape Chamonix in Franschhoek) has converted the estate to organic farming, although they also adhere to biodynamic principles.

Region

Hemel-en-Aarde

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is a ward within the Walker Bay district of South Africa. Meaning 'Heaven on Earth', this beautiful valley has the Cape's highest proprtion of Pinot Noir. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc also flourish here thanks to the cooling influence of the Atalantic to the South and the Babylon mountains to the North. Ancient glacial soils make this region a geological wonder capable of producing hugely complex wines.