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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2008
Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 102003)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $45.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our low-vigor, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of under 30 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 "primal" character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume.
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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.