Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir, Hermanus, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, 2022
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir with 10 months in French oak using a combination of first/second/third and fourth fill barrels. Stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil
Located behind the coastal village of Hermanus, the Hamilton Russell vineyards are amongst the most southerly in all of South Africa and are heavily influenced by the maritime climate.
"Our low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of well under 35 hl/ha and our philosophy of expressing our terroir in our wines – give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of our Pinot noir. Our Pinot noir is not overtly fruity, soft and "sweet" and it generally shows hints of that alluring savoury "primal" character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume."
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- Ready to drink but will improve in good storage
- Primary Grape/Blend:
- Pinot Noir
- Influence of Oak:
- Vegan or Vegetarian:
- South Africa
- Hemel En Aarde Valley