Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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'Lower in alcohol than the 2019 release - the vintage was cooler, explains Emul Ross - this nuanced Chardonnay combines grapes from 22 different blocks on the farm and confirms the wine's status as one of the best examples in the Cape. Focused and saline, with subtle notes of struck match reduction, fine oak and some texture from 10% malolactic. Bravo! Drink 2022-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, 2021 SA Report, 96/100

'If 2018 produced a super taut, reductive serious expression and 2019 showed a lusher, more forward, accessible opulence, then 2020 is perhaps a marriage of these two styles. This is a wine full of confidence and composure, brimming with taut white citrus pith, green pear and lime peel, bruised green apples, white blossom and a complexing saline oyster shell minerality. On the palate there is a feel of density, dry extract, concentration and a really precise harmonious balance with layers of green melon, sweet lime jelly, melted butter and a full glycerol finish with just the faintest hint of butterscotch, lime cordial and vanilla pod spice. Seemless and sleek, the layers just melt into each other leaving a sensation of utter completeness. What a truly fabulous wine, resplendent in its mellow classical restraint, intense concentration and harmonious length. A big high five for Emul Ross!! Drink on release and over the next 10-12+ years.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100

'Fermented in mostly 228-litre French oak barrels, 24% new but also a small portion in foudre before maturation lasting nine months. Aromatics of citrus, an attractive herbal note plus hints of struck-match reduction and vanilla. Most definitely a lighter vintage but the palate shows great purity of fruit and racy acidity before a dry finish – taut and energetic.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

'A tight, mineral wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. 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.' – Winemaker

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Emul Ross
Alcohol 12.9%
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating TA 96
Technical analysis RS: 2.2 g/L | TA: 6.9 g/L | PH: 3.45
Producer information Tim Hamilton Russell founded Hamilton Russell Vineyards in 1975 when he purchased a 170 hectare undeveloped property and turned it into one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa. He was one of the trailblazing producers of Pinot Noir and certainly the driving force behind the birth of Pinot Noir in the greater Walker Bay district. His son Anthony Hamilton Russell, the current second generation owner, took over in 1991 and purchased the property from his father in 1994. He has made his mark both internationally and locally with the Estate producing some of the country’s finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.
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