Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from South Africa

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Item No. 123058
  • white wine
  • TP94
  • ST93
  • WS93
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.

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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.

Critical Acclaim

"Always one of my favorites: bright, nervy and crisp with beautiful citrus, peach and minerals; lovely structure and notes of toasty oak and vanilla; seamless and elegant."
94 Points

"Tightly wound, this exhibits a serious core of glazed pear, fig, apple, plantain and brioche notes, lined with mineral and honeysuckle hints and accented by nicely beaded acidity. This should be a beauty when it unwinds fully. Best from 2014 through 2020."
93 Points

"The nose is more reticent than its peers, but shows great class/ subtle scents of pineapple, smoke and orange zest.The palate has a lovely citric edge that is reminiscent of a fine Chassagne-Montrachet. It is imbued with wonderful poise a agradual build in the mouth toward a poised, zesty marmalade-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. Excellent! Drink now-2019."
93 Points

"Good full yellow. Wonderfully complex aromas of pear, wild herbs, sweet butter, smoke and tropical fruits; showed an iodiney minerality with air. Concentrated and harmonious but firm-edged, with brisk lemony acidity framing the very youthful flavors of stone fruits and minerals. Conveys a powerful impression of intensity without weight, like the best white Burgundies. Very young but smooth on the long, peach aftertaste. Outstanding potential here for a chardonnay that is often South Africa's best.
Rating: 93(+?)"
93 Points

"This grows in the shale-clay soils above Walker Bay on the coast east of Cape Point. Hannes Storm ferments most of it in barrel, with small lots in clay amphorae and stainless steel. The Francois Freres oak richness is there in the aroma, but its main role is to point up the mellow earthiness of the wine, the grassiness of its pale cream flaovrs. The wine's youth shows a hint of greenness in the finish, a note that touches on pear skin. This has the clarity and soastal freshness to sustain it in the cellar."
92 Points

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Zhlmsd - Boston, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(3/28/2014)
Style: Rich & Creamy
A little over the top on the oak, but still a tasty chardonnay.
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walktard - Tahoe City, CA (read all my reviews)

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(5/22/2014)
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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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