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Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Walker Bay 2009

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Hamilton Russell Vineyards - 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. This is a tight, minerally style of Chardonnay with classic Hamilton Russell vineyards length and complexity. The wine has bright, natural acidity and depth indicative of the extremely low yields used to produce this elegant wine.

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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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3.50 5
02/02/2011

Nice Burgindian style. GOod acidity to balance the ML. - Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010


External Reviews for Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Walker Bay

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Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
06/14/2010

Chardonnay 2009 - Hamilton-Russell: Chardonnay 2009 - Weißwein von Hamilton-Russell Ein Chardonnayauf höchstem Niveau, der richtig Spaß macht. Dieser Chardonnayunterscheidet sich auf herrliche Art und Weise von den meisten meistenNeue-Welt-Chardonnays.Das Strohgelb brilliert im Glas und die Nasewird von gerösteten Mandeln und toastigen Noten erfreut. Zudementfalten sich Aromen von Birnen und reifen Melonen. Am Gaumen wirktder Chardonnay 2009 sehrharmonisch und präsentiert einen feinen Schmelz. Vollmundig und sehrelegant zeigt der Weißwein Aromen von gebrannten Mandeln, Quitten,Toast und leichte mineralische Nuancen. Im lang anhaltenden Finalespürt man dazu Vanille und Birne. Ein wahrlich raffinierter Wein, sehrkomplex und mit einer frischen Säure.Ein perfekter Begleiter von gegrilltem Huhn mit Ananas-Curry-Sauce oder gebratenem Heilbutt.Weingut: Hamilton-Russell Viney.Land: Südafrika Region: Walker BayRebsorte: 100% ChardonnayInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 13,0 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 7,5 g/lRestsüße: 2,0 g/lFassreife: in Barriques gereiftLagerfähigkeit: 2-4 Jahre ab Jahrgang Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 8-12 °C Weißwein > Südafrika > Walker Bay


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
03/23/2010

Hamilton Russell Vineyards - the most southerly wine estate in Africa and the closest to the sea - is located in the cool, maritime Walker Bay wine region, in a beautiful valley 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 farm 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, who took over in 1991, 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 expre...



Hamilton Russell Vineyards - 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. This is a tight, minerally style of Chardonnay with classic Hamilton Russell vineyards length and complexity. The wine has bright, natural acidity and depth indicative of the extremely low yields used to produce this elegant wine.

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