Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from South Africa

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Item No. 105155
  • WS92
  • ST92
  • WE91
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

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

All Hamilton Russell Vineyards wines are grown, made, matured, bottled and labeled by Hamilton Russell Vineyards on the Hamilton Russell Vineyards Estate.

Critical Acclaim

"Bold, boasting lots of grilled hazelnut, fig and pear tartine aromas and flavors, but fresh minerality drives through on the finish, adding length and definition and bringing you back for more. Drink now through 2011."
92 Points

"Bright, pale yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of peach, nectarine, lime, hazelnut oil and nutmeg, with a musky iodiney minerality that reminded me of chardonnay from the Meursault/Puligny district. Deep, rich and perfumed, with a lemony edge giving grip and a light touch to the stone fruit and spice flavors. Finishes youthful, savory and long, with an almost tannic quality. A superb vintage for this bottling. 92(+?) points ."
92 Points

"A stunning Chard, one of South Africa's best, that can truly compete with some of the classics at a fraction of the cost. Rich and ripe with notes of red apple flesh, melon, orange oil and a soft hint of toasted woodiness. It's full in the mouth but balanced by superb minerality and medium acidity. The finish is long with a fresh hazelnut driven nuttiness lingering throughout."
91 Points

Learn About Hamilton Russell Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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