Hamilton Russell

2020 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir Walker Bay

South Western, South Africa
Special Price $44.20 Regular Price $52.00
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Hamilton Russell's low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of well under 35 hl/ha and philosophy of expressing terroir in their wines – give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of their Pinot noir. This 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.

Alcohol: 13.56%

Acid: 5.90 g/L

pH: 3.44


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Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Hamilton Russell Vineyards – one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea – pioneered viticulture and winemaking in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the finest in the New World.



Overall, the vintage was cooler than 2017 and even 2018, with an average maximum temperature for Dec, Jan, Feb, and  Mar of 24.5 C° (77.7F°) versus an equivalent long term average for Burgundy of 24.8 Centigrade for this period. Rainfall was lower than average for spring and during harvest but occurred in frequent small amounts causing sustained high humidity. Fortunately organic treatments proved highly effective against the resulting downey and powdery mildew threat. The day after harvest finished, the serious rains began - some luck at least - with highest March rainfall in  21 years. Despite record low production and several challenges, the 2019’s have a pure, refined beauty.