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South Africa, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley

Hamilton Russell

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2016 Magnum (1.5 lt)

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2016 Magnum (1.5 lt) *** Very Limited - One per Customer

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

93 pts Wine Advocate Issue #230 April 2017
The 2016 Chardonnay underwent less malolactic than other vintages to preserve the acidity, around 40%, and the wine matured in 38% new oak for nine to ten months. Yields were very low at around 20 hectoliters per hectare. It is much less rich than the 2015, yet it displays finer delineation and perhaps more mineralité. The palate is very well balanced with superb tension, brimming full of energy and fanning out with nutmeg and smoked walnut notes towards the somewhat feisty finish.
93 pts Wine Spectator Insider 5/31/17
Lush, with creamed yellow apple, quince and white peach flavors forming the core, while buried quinine and verbena notes add detail and length. Drink now through 2022
93 pts Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Bright, light yellow. Highly perfumed but tight nose hints at citrus peel, nectarine, white flowers and stony minerality. Lemony and tight but deep, with terrific salty mineral energy giving punch to the pear and lime flavors. Distinctly backward, savory Chardonnay with lovely subtle, rising length and grip. This wonderfully elegant, taut, seamless wine needs time to blossom and put on weight. Classically tight and austere for this bottling.
95 pts Tim Atkin MW 2017
Emul Ross used less malolactic in 2016 because of the lower levels of natural acidity, but otherwise this wine follows a very succesful template. Floral, green olive aromas segue into a rich, textured, honeyed palate with well handled spicy oak and a plush, yet focused finish. A wine that deserves its lofty reputation. 2018-28

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Chemical Analysis




13% alcohol by volume




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