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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018 Wine Review

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018

Hemel-En-Aarde Valley W.O., South Africa

Community Score:95/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $59.95

Drink: 2020-2034

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Hamilton Russell

Agent: Trialto Wine Group Ltd.

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I love this wine year after year, and I'd rather be drinking it than writing about it so I'll let the previous note stand. Breathing this in is like walking into an opium den for wine lovers. Satin pillows of fleshy black cherry invite you to lie back, close your eyes and let your senses roam. Surely one of South Africa's finest Pinot Noir producers! Hamilton-Russell leads the way in the country for cool-climate viticulture and racy, exciting wines. Sophisticated and complex, but extremely easy to drink. Lavish fleshy ripe cherry aromas and flavours yet not simple or sweet. Complex, elegant and layered South African Pinot Noir from a master producer. Some dark spice on the finish. Silk texture. Chapter three of my second book (Unquenchable) includes a visit to this winery and dinner with the brilliant Anthony Hamilton Russell. This is easy to mistake for a top shelf Burgundian Pinot. Pair with your holiday dinners, especially those featuring roast turkey or chicken. MINE: Hamilton Russell leads the way in the country for cool-climate viticulture and racy, exciting wines and this 2017 Pinot Noir from the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay wine region does not disappoint. On the palate this PN is liquid ripe dark cherries, dusty green herbs, earthy and spicy. Pair with braised ribs. OTHER: Andrea Shapiro rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review: A gorgeously layered perfectly integrated fruit forward Pinot Noir from South Africa’s, Hamilton Russel Vineyards. Refined and silky with red cherry, forest floor and earthy truffles. Flavours echo - with mouth-watering raspberry, pomegranate and fresh herbs. Hints of sweet smoke and cinnamon spices following through softy throughout with every sip and lingering with elegance into the finish. Acidity is vibrant with silky, soft tannins. Dry and decadent (2g/L) A very nice accompaniment with truffle Brie and a get together. You won’t be able to help enjoy this. Cheers! 93 points. OTHER: Every new release reveals a vintage of Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir that is again purer, finer and more distinguished than the previous vintage. The 2018 is no exception showing a broody dark fruited nose with lashings of black cherry, black currant and salted black plums. At this young stage, the oak is incredibly well integrated allowing both the purity of black berry fruit and the limestone minerality to really shine through. On the palate, alluring hints of blueberry and mulberry dance a tightly choreographed routine supported by a well drilled accompaniment of mineral tannins finishing with a long, sappy, black bramble berry finish. This must surely rank as one of the finest young Pinot Noirs produced at the winery to date. Drink from 2020 until 2035+. Score - 95 (Greg Sherwood, MW, gregsherwoodmw.com, March 16, 2019). - Community Wine Reviews

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