Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2021 750ml
SKU: 1860

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2021

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Category Red Wine
Origin South Africa, Walker Bay
Brand Hamilton Russell
Alcohol/vol 12.8%

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.

Wine Enthusiast
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This shows a lovely fruitiness from the start, with enticing aromas of snappy red cherry and raspberry laced with herbal elements of forest leaves and rooibos tea. The medium-weight palate boasts a satiny texture, with a bright seam of acidity that enlivens the red-fruit flavors and refined yet structuring tannins that frame the sip through the medium-length close. It's enticing now, but will hold well through 2028.

Lauren Buzzeo, November 1, 2022
Wine Advocate
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After the majority of the estate-grown Pinot Noir grapes were rejected in 2019 due to wildfires, the 2020 Pinot Noir marks the return of the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley bottling. Initially opening to aromas similar to that of somewhere between the Willamette Valley and Burgundy, the nose is earthy with a slightly rustic appeal and fresh, red-fruited essence. Medium-bodied and beautifully layered, the mouthfeel is bright and food-friendly with succulent acidity and youthful tannins. The wine concludes with elements of raspberry skin, Bing cherry and red spiced tea.

Anthony Mueller, June 9, 2022
Wine Spectator
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Fresh and elegant, with macerated cherry and raspberry fruit underscored by a subtle streak of loamy earth and spices. Well-knit and medium-bodied, with accents of rose petal, woodsy spices and citrus. Creamy finish. Drink now through 2026. 2,900 cases made, 600 cases imported.

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