Hamilton Russel Pinot Noir 2022

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96 Points - Tim Atkin MW, South African Report 2021
96 Points - Miguel Chan, Sommelier, Tsogo Sun
94 Points - Owen Bargreen
96 Tim Atkin MW, South African Report 2021

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.

Food Pairing
Grilled Norwegian Salmon with a Soy Ginger sauce, Mushroom Risotto, Guinea Fowl Pie.

The Estate
One of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa, this Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialist pioneered viticulture in the beautiful, cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. 
“Today the winery (Hamilton Russell Vineyards) is one of the most recognized brands in the U.S. market, and rightfully so, as it has become the flag bearer for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from South Africa.” James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, February 2013

Alcohol: 12.8% vol