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Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2019


There’s not much I can say about the critically acclaimed Hamilton Russell that some fancy reviewer hasn’t said before me. For years, they’ve led the pack out of South Africa, making some of the absolute best Burgundian varietals outside of Burgundy itself.

The vineyard is one of the most southern wine Estates in South Africa and as such one of the closest to the sea, benefiting from a beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde breeze that comes in from behind the old fishing village of Hermanus.

Today the winery is led by superstar winemaker Emul Ross who has continued to build on Anthony Hamilton Russell’s impressive resume and helps put South African wine amongst some of the best in the world. Don’t miss this 2019 Chardonnay. Unfortunately, there are only 36 bottles to go around.

The 2019 is a tight piercing mineral wine the classic HRV length and complexity. Lemon, apples and pear aromas and flavors dominate this wine with great acidity and a long dry finish. It’s elegant and well-textured with a bit of a creamy middle despite the minerality. It’s a great effort as always.

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95 Points, Tim Atkin
“…The Chardonnay was all made with estate fruit. Entirely whole bunch-pressed for the first time, it’s a commendably bright, elegant and focused wine with less malolactic (10%) than normal, pithy acidity, a hint of stone fruit sweetness and refined 27% new French oak. Something of a triumph against the odds.”

93 Points, Decanter
A very fine Chardonnay produced in difficult circumstances given the fire/smoke issues in the Western Cape. Unlike the Pinot Noir, this was unaffected, produced with 100% estate fruit and is very successful. Bunches were pressed whole (rather than de-stemmed) to exclude any smoke taint risks. Very crisp on the palate with fine acidity and a touch of stoned fruit, this is concentrated, mineral and elegant. Very youthful, ideally give this another 12 months to blossom a bit more.

92+ Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
Bursting from the glass with elegant oak tones, the 2019 Chardonnay effortlessly sashays out of the glass with sweet citrus aromas, spiced yellow apple, caramelized pears, cinnamon nutmeg and oatmeal cookie essence. Medium-bodied yet packed full of complexity and layers, the wine splashes down on the palate with finesse, precision and persistence. Still spritely and youthful, flavors of sweet citrus and pastry cream continue to somersault across the palate with elegant oak tones, lingering long on the evolving finish. Another stunning Chardonnay from Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Bravo.


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