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Chardonnay

Hamilton Russell, Chardonnay 2014

R650

4 in stock

Notes

Tasting notes:
'The 2014 Chardonnay has a very composed nose: hints of wild honey, citrus lemon, nutmeg and flint emerge from the glass, very nicely focused and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry, superb volume in the mouth here with almond and coconut-tinged citrus fruit. I just appreciate the flow of this wine, the energy carried within and the precision on the finish. This is an outstanding Chardonnay from Hamilton-Russell'. – Wine Advocate, 93/100

'Depth to the nose of this wine. Savour and one of the most burgundian of South Africa. Surely vine age plays a part here? Restraint but promise. Could withstand comparison with the rest of the world. Much more mineral than fruity'. – Jancis Robinson, 17/20

A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage. – Wine Maker

Viticulture:
In general 2014 was a challenging vintage, with warmth and Southeast drizzle in February creating ideal conditions for Botrytis (luckily – and with vigilance – not a problem in the end). This followed an unusually wet January with 1/5th of a year’s rainfall occurring over 3 days in what should be a fairly dry month. The standout feature of 2014, was the high level of physiological ripeness at much lower alcohols than usual – a highly desirable, but generally elusive situation for much of the Cape winelands. The wines have benefitted with a rich depth of character and lively tension, without the sweetness and weight of higher alcohol. The year at 24.85 Centigrade, was a cool one in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, when measured in terms of average maximum temperatures for Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar. Cooler than 2009, 20012 and 2013. For comparison, Burgundy for the equivalent period in the Northern Hemisphere averages 24.77 Centigrade. What we thought would be a particularly late harvest was very much in-line with 2013.

Analysis:
Alc: 13.15% RS: 1.35 g/L TA: 6.9 g/L pH: 3.07

Tasting notes:
'The 2014 Chardonnay has a very composed nose: hints of wild honey, citrus lemon, nutmeg and flint emerge from the glass, very nicely focused and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry, superb volume in the mouth here with almond and coconut-tinged citrus fruit. I just appreciate the flow of this wine, the energy carried within and the precision on the finish. This is an outstanding Chardonnay from Hamilton-Russell'. – Wine Advocate, 93/100

'Depth to the nose of this wine. Savour and one of the most burgundian of South Africa. Surely vine age plays a part here? Restraint but promise. Could withstand comparison with the rest of the world. Much more mineral than fruity'. – Jancis Robinson, 17/20

A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage. – Wine Maker

Viticulture:
In general 2014 was a challenging vintage, with warmth and Southeast drizzle in February creating ideal conditions for Botrytis (luckily – and with vigilance – not a problem in the end). This followed an unusually wet January with 1/5th of a year’s rainfall occurring over 3 days in what should be a fairly dry month. The standout feature of 2014, was the high level of physiological ripeness at much lower alcohols than usual – a highly desirable, but generally elusive situation for much of the Cape winelands. The wines have benefitted with a rich depth of character and lively tension, without the sweetness and weight of higher alcohol. The year at 24.85 Centigrade, was a cool one in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, when measured in terms of average maximum temperatures for Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar. Cooler than 2009, 20012 and 2013. For comparison, Burgundy for the equivalent period in the Northern Hemisphere averages 24.77 Centigrade. What we thought would be a particularly late harvest was very much in-line with 2013.

Analysis:
Alc: 13.15% RS: 1.35 g/L TA: 6.9 g/L pH: 3.07

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WA 93

Country

ZA

Region

Hemel-en-Aarde

Style

White

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