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The wines of Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa Tel: +27(0) 283 23595

This top-level producer has been making wines in the cool-climate Walker Bay region of South Africa since the early 1980s, and in that time has carved out a reputation for producing wines that straddle the old and new worlds. Only two varieties are grown: there are 22 ha of Pinot Noir vines, and 30 ha of Chardonnay. I was really impressed with the dedicated, professional attitude of proprietor Anthony Hamilton-Russell, and with the quality of these wines.

Chardonnay 1998
30% new oak. Some wild yeast ferments are used. Lovely savoury style, with restrained, light body. Pleasant and complex.

Pinot Noir 1998
Huge, open nose. Juicy cherry fruit and some medicinal notes on palate, with complex herby notes. Still quite tannic. Complex and delicious.

(Tasted November 1999)


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