Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2009
All Hamilton Russell Vineyards wines are grown, made, matured, bottled and labeled by Hamilton Russell Vineyards on the Hamilton Russell Vineyards Estate.
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 .
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.
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.