Hamilton Russell Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa 2020
Amongst the finest South African Chardonnays, 100% barrel fermented (30% new oak) with 9 months in barrel.
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.
"The 2020 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay is lip-smackingly fine. Aged for nine months in French oak, it’s resolutely Burgundian in style — though far from an imitation — with citrus, ripe white stone fruit, butter and even a hint of oyster shell on the nose. It’s beautifully textured, elegant and stylish and is a wine to tuck away and savour." Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
"Taut and citric in its youth, it opens up after a few years to glorious complexity. Lazy writers always reach for comparisons in Burgundy. And I’m not going to stop this fine tradition – it’s Puligny Montrachet, minus the price tag." James Lawrence, UK, March 2021
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