Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Walker Bay 2008

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"Ripe and stylish, with melon, ginger, yellow apple and pear flavors that glide over well-embedded acidity. There's a lingering whiff of grilled hazelnut on the rich finish. Not quite as dense as the 2007, but still outstanding...90" WS 09/09 "Bright yellow with a golden tinge; much lighter than the 2007. Sexy, highly nuanced nose combines white peach, pineapple, iodiney minerality, musky ginger and leesy nuances, all lifted by a floral topnote; like a hypothetical blend of Meursault and Chassagne. Densely packed, brisk and deep, with lovely racy acidity and a rocky element giving a light touch and impressive energy to the flavors of citrus and stone fruits, nutmeg and minerals. Finishes very subtle and very long, with excellent grip. This has all the elements to please the Burgundy lover-and all in an understated way...92" IWC 03/09

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Hamilton Russell Vineyards:
Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea - is located in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and... Read more
Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea - is located in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in the New World. Founder, Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property in 1975, after an exhaustive search for the most southerly site on which to make South Africa?s top cool climate wines from a selection of noble varieties. His son Anthony Hamilton Russell, who took over in 1991 (finally buying the property in 1994), narrowed the range to Pinot noir and Chardonnay only and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an Estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir. Extensive soil research initiated in 1994 identified 52 hectares of stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil as optimal for the individual, origin expressive style they aim for and all plantings have now been limited to this soil type. Anthony with winemaker Hannes Storm and viticulturist Johan Montgomery are completely dedicated to expressing the personality of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir in their wines. Tiny yields and intense worldwide demand keep the elegant, highly individual, Estate grown Pinot noir and Chardonnay in very short supply. Read less
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Layered Rice Pudding

RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

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External Reviews for Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Walker Bay

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
12/05/2009

A perfect marriage between Old World and New World exists in this Chardonnay from cool climate Walker Bay in South Africa. This is very Burgundian in style, with excellent balance and acidity, yet also manages to incorporate some fresh fruit. Full, complex, nutty-a fantastic wine.


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

Hamilton Russell Vineyards the most southerly wine estate in Africa and the closest to the sea located in the cool maritime Walker Bay district in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The estate specializes in producing highly individual terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in the New World.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/12/2010

Bright yellow with a golden tinge; much lighter than the 2007. Sexy, highly nuanced nose combines white peach, pineapple, iodiney minerality, musky ginger and leesy nuances, all lifted by a floral topnote; like a hypothetical blend of Meursault and C... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Chardonnay wine from in South Africa. 2008 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
04/21/2010

Man spürt die frische und kühle Brise, die durch die Walker Bay hindurch strömt mit dem jedem Schluck! Helles Gelb. Traumhaftes, frisches und leicht pfeffriges Bouquet, weisser Trüffel und Haselnuss, wahrhaftig burgundische Extravaganz im ausladenden Duf



"Ripe and stylish, with melon, ginger, yellow apple and pear flavors that glide over well-embedded acidity. There's a lingering whiff of grilled hazelnut on the rich finish. Not quite as dense as the 2007, but still outstanding...90" WS 09/09 "Bright yellow with a golden tinge; much lighter than the 2007. Sexy, highly nuanced nose combines white peach, pineapple, iodiney minerality, musky ginger and leesy nuances, all lifted by a floral topnote; like a hypothetical blend of Meursault and Chassagne. Densely packed, brisk and deep, with lovely racy acidity and a rocky element giving a light touch and impressive energy to the flavors of citrus and stone fruits, nutmeg and minerals. Finishes very subtle and very long, with excellent grip. This has all the elements to please the Burgundy lover-and all in an understated way...92" IWC 03/09

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