"While many enthusiasts have cellared Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot noir over the years, there are still a lot who only encounter the wine at a youthful stage. This vertical allows enthusiasts to really get to know our Pinot noir and its story of place over time and through different life stages.” - Anthony Hamilton Russell
Founder, Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property in 1975. His son Anthony took over in 1991 and narrowed the range to just Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. One of the most southernly wine estates in Africa, Hamilton Russell Vineyards is located in the cool, maritime Hemel en Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. Anthony Hamilton Russell, along with wine maker Hannes Storm and viticulturist Johan Montgomery are commtited to expressing the personality of Hamilton Russell Vineyards Terroir in their wines.
Hamilton Russell wines express the classical style usually associated with Burgundy and are widely regarded as the best examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in South Africa.
Pinot Noir 2010
Beginning to develop a savoury nose, this is a tight refined vintage with a characteristic Hamilton Russell Vineyards tension and tannin-line. This is a wine that will age well. The first South African Pinot Noir to achieve a "classic" 95/100 score from Neal Martin for Robert Parker.
Pinot Noir 2011
A less ripe feminine vintage with an initially more red-fruit profile and lower alcohol. This wine has been stylistically placed by tasters in the Cote du Beaune, towards Volnay, rather than our more typical Cote du Nuits reference. Balanced and "fine" the wine is becoming more interesting with age.
Pinot Noir 2012
This is a voluptuous, open and sensuous wine with a deep dark fruit and spice profile and softer tannins. Once again back in the Cote du Nuits stylistically, this wine came 29th on the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of the year - to date the highest position for a South African red.
Pinot Noir 2013
One of our favourites. Layered, dark and complex with a rich structured palate which bodes extremely well for a graceful old-age. 94/100 from Neil Martin for Robert Parker with comments on its stylistic similarity to a top Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru. Less an easy read, more fine literature.
Pinot Noir 2014
Another lighter, tighter, vintage with beautiful poise and a saline minerality with a liquorice spice we often fine in our Pinot Noir. A sommeliers' choice trophy winner in South Africa and likened stylistically to a Chambolle-Musigny by several tasters for its grace and purity.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.