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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012
(search item no. 123058)
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Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#19 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage.

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About Hamilton Russell:

Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa. The estate specializes in producing highly individual, terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Founder, Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property in 1975. His son, Anthony, purchasing property in 1994, focused their efforts on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay only and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir. Extensive soil research initiated in 1994 identified 52 hectares of stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil as optimal for their signature style and all plantings have now been limited to this soil type. Anthony, with winemaker Hannes Storm and viticulturist Johan Montgomery, are completely dedicated to expressing the personality of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir in their wines.