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Hamilton Russell Chardonnay


Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2022

Tasting Notes

A tight, mineral wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. 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.

Scores & Reviews

95 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023
Ever the class act, Hamilton Russell’s Chardonnay is in a rich vein of form right now. Using only 5% malolactic because of the warmer year, this is fresh, layered and detailed, with perfumed 23% new wood, notes of brioche and lemon butter and a stylish, stony finish. Concentrated without being heavy in any way. 2023-29

4 ½ Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Wholebunch fermented with some indigenous yeast inoculation, 22 (94 pts) pristine apple & citrus fruit dabbed with fragrant cinnamon & warm pastry from 9 months on lees in barrel, 27% new. Rounded, packed with flavour & very long. Excellent focus, substance & harmony for aging, like 21 (96 pts).

93 James Suckling, December 2023
This has a lovely nose of cedar, grapefruit, lemon rind, apricot stones and tarragon. Salted butter. It’s medium- to full-bodied, deliciously saline and creamy, with a long and elegant finish.

92 Vinous, September 2023
The palate is taut and fresh with a lovely, slightly waxy texture. The oak is nicely integrated, quite linear and tensile in style, with ample weight toward the poised finish. This is a classy Chardonnay.

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