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South Africa, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley

Hamilton Russell

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2018

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2018 91 pts Wine Spectator & 95 pts Tim Atkin MW

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

90 pts Wine Advocate Issue #245 Oct 2019
The nose of the 2018 Chardonnay is full and rich, with an oaky core and subtle hints of reduction, expressing delicate fruit aromas of yellow apple, pear and lemon curd. The palate is clean, fresh and zippy with a good core of citrus. The finish is clean and crisp, with a soft oak expression that lingers on the medium to long finish. This is a beautiful and classic expression of Chardonnay from the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, and it's sure to please any Chardonnay lover. 489,080 bottles made.
91 pts Wine Spectator 10/15/19
A substantial white, with a big profile. The acidity gives this energy, delivering plenty of zest to the ripe pear and blood orange flavors, framed by hints of cream, tarragon and nutmeg. The vibrant finish leaves a mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2025. 4,090 cases made, 800 cases imported.
95 pts Tim Atkin MW September 2019
The crop was tiny in 2018 – half of the normal yield, according to Emil Ross – but the quality and style of this celebrated Chardonnay is as good as ever. Fermented in Amphorae and 29% new oak barrels, with 41% malolactic, it’s elegant, savory and oatmealy. Citrus rather than stone fruit flavours predominate on the palate. 2020 – 2026.

Winemaker Notes

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.

Chemical Analysis




13% alcohol by volume




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