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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Enthusiast
Region: South Africa
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 13.2%
Item no. 105155
A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. A prominent core of intense pear fruit aromas and flavors is brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of natural acid and a dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage.
All Hamilton Russell Vineyards wines are grown, made, matured, bottled and labeled by Hamilton Russell Vineyards on the Hamilton Russell Vineyards Estate.
Bold, boasting lots of grilled hazelnut, fig and pear tartine aromas and flavors, but fresh minerality drives through on the finish, adding length and definition and bringing you back for more. Drink now through 2011.
Bright, pale yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of peach, nectarine, lime, hazelnut oil and nutmeg, with a musky iodiney minerality that reminded me of chardonnay from the Meursault/Puligny district. Deep, rich and perfumed, with a lemony edge giving grip and a light touch to the stone fruit and spice flavors. Finishes youthful, savory and long, with an almost tannic quality. A superb vintage for this bottling. 92(+?) points .
A stunning Chard, one of South Africa's best, that can truly compete with some of the classics at a fraction of the cost. Rich and ripe with notes of red apple flesh, melon, orange oil and a soft hint of toasted woodiness. It's full in the mouth but balanced by superb minerality and medium acidity. The finish is long with a fresh hazelnut driven nuttiness lingering throughout.