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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir Walker Bay 2007

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Hamilton Russell Vineyards have been producing award-winning wines since they were established 30 years ago. Individuality and expression of terrior in wine are this vineyards main focus. A well structured Pinot Noir with red berry fruits on the palate. Plenty of spice and smoky flavours, great length.

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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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Snooth User: Katrin
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2.50 5
12/15/2009

Unless I am tasting wines completely blind, without any information about background and price, it is difficult to not combine the qualities of the wine and expectations based on winery, origin, or price. Hamilton Russell has been my favorite South African winery for several years, and I have probably come to expect a certain style and quality. Hence, I thought this Pinot Noir would easily rate a 4, if not a 5. So why did I only give it 3 stars? Because it is super reserved and the acidity overwhelms the mouthfeel. That was my first impression. I then closed the bottle and set it aside for three days, after which I noted the following: -A nose of strawberry, spice, rhubarb, and earth. -Mouthfeel is dominated by marked acidity with moderate alcohol and tannins. -Lasting finish, moderate body. Elegant in a way that only a Pinot Noir can be. I think it will develop and change in the bottle, and am looking forward to experience its changes. See additional wine reviews at: http://winedinewith.us/


Snooth User: Niel M
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4.00 5
04/12/2010

If you like Pinot, you should broaden your horizons and try this example. Probably South Africa's best Pinot producer. Very much Burgundian style, rather than new world. Inky color, berries aplenty, well balanced acidity. Long finish. A lovely wine.


Snooth User: Teppo
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3.00 5
07/14/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir Walker Bay

External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

Bold aromatic and ripe but very elegant with racy acidity providing the ground wire for the rich black cherry bramble incense and sweet earth notes followed by a long multifaceted finish. Drink now through 2013. 5 213 cases made.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bold, aromatic and ripe, but very elegant, with racy acidity providing the ground wire for the rich black cherry, bramble, incense and sweet earth notes, followed by a long, multifaceted finish. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Inviting nose of spice and red and black cherries. Firm but ripe on the palate, with a smoky, wood spice finish. A touch rustic, but solid. Drink now through 2003.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Located southeast of Capetown, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is a recently recognized District of Origin (DO). Its cool coastal climate produces wines that are more elegant and acid-driven then those from other South African winegrowing regions. A cooler-than-average vintage in 2007 promoted even ripening of the Pinot Noir fruit, and winemaker Hannes Storm sourced grapes from eight separate parcels amid the estate's 135 acres of vines. The 2007 aged for 10 months in French oak barrels ranging from one to four years old.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Like a premature red Burgundy, showing lots of body and delicate and aged flavors. It has an exotic, toasty-spicy aroma, subtle cherry notes and lingering finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Moderately saturated medium red. Complex, highly aromatic nose combines vibrant red berries, incense, cherry, flowers, spices, and a note of eucalyptus. Juicy and very intense but magically light on its feet; the pungent red berry and pepper flavors spread out to coat the palate without any impression of weight (where's the 14% alcohol?). This soil-driven wine is extremely young and should put on weight with four or five years of cellaring. Very distinctive and stylish pinot with fine-grained tannins and terrific finishing energy and perfume.


External Review
03/13/2009

Bold, aromatic and ripe, but very elegant, with racy acidity providing the ground wire for the rich black cherry, bramble, incense and sweet earth notes, followed by a long, multifaceted finish. Drink now through 2013. 5,213 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from in South Africa. 2007 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 750ml


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Hamilton Russell Vineyards have been producing award-winning wines since they were established 30 years ago. Individuality and expression of terrior in wine are this vineyards main focus. A well structured Pinot Noir with red berry fruits on the palate. Plenty of spice and smoky flavours, great length.

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