Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, 2016
100% Pinot Noir with 10 months in Oak
This Pinot Noir is made from naturally low yielding vines grown on maritime influenced, northeast facing, stony, clay-rich slopes. All grapes are selectively hand harvested at optimal ripeness and traditionally vinified with minimal handling, to express both their origin and the character of the vintage. Hamilton Russell work exclusively with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Years of soil research have delimited the 53 hectares of stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale-derived soils which afford the highest levels of individuality and expression of origin in the wines. Experience has shown that the terroir is best reflected through the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
"The 2016 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot noir is sourced from a 52 ha vineyard set on low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil situated in the cooler maritime micro-climate of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Translucent in colour, this wine begins with earthy aromatics of forest floor and tobacco leaf, with red currants and red berries coming together in the glass. Lithe, with a strong salinity, the wine shows a core of cherry, red berries, sweet tobacco and pomegranate flavours that connect with beautiful tension and a long lingering finish. Overall this is another beautiful vintage for this Pinot noir and I expect this will only become more appealing as it evolves in the cellar." 92 Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report