Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Cheers to the wines of South Africa πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

This Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir is unique in that the grapes used to produce it primarily came, not from Hamilton Russell vineyards, but rather from neighboring vignerons.

Hamilton Russell made this unprecedented decision in the aftermath of devastating wild fires that imparted smoke taint to its estate-grown grapes. Unwilling to compromise on quality, I applaud Hamilton Russell for its tenacity and willingness to forge ahead to create this delicious Pinot Noir for its customers. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

This wine is comprised of fruit hailing from three different Hemel-en-Aarde (aptly meaning β€œheaven and earth”) Wards within the Walker Bay District, in the Cape South Coast Region of South Africa’s Western Cape.

This wine is a reflection of community, camaraderie, and commitment to excellence.❀️

πŸ‘ It is medium ruby with pale fuchsia rim variation.

πŸ‘ƒ On the nose this wine has a medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas. The aromas include candied cherry, strawberry rhubarb preserves, violet, dried orange peel, white pepper, star anise, clove, and nutmeg.

πŸ‘„ On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, medium tannins, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium finish.

Hamilton Russell, Pinot Noir, Walker Bay, ABV 13.5%. Vintage 2019.
β€” 18 days ago

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@Severn Goodwin Noted! Will reach out ☺️
Sharon B

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@Vanessa i love South African wines! My brother is traveling there at the end of the year (though he’s in Nairobi right now) I hope to get some nice ones brought back for me!


@Sharon B That is so cool! You’ll have to post about them. I would love to visit wine country in South Africa πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ someday!

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Ontogeny Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Good showing from Russell. Great density of fruit and mouth feel. Good balance from start through mid palate to finish. Typical fruit forward profile. Really enjoyable. β€” 2 months ago

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This absolutely rocked!!! Darkish gold color. Butter, cream, lemon, and oak on the nose and throughout the palate. Excellent texture and medium plus depth. Excellent QPR and I’ll be buying more!l as I only have one left. β€” a month ago

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De l'OrΓ©e Ermitage Blanc Marsanne 2004

Welcome to the rain forest. Oxidized ripe papaya mango nose and travels to palate. Please keep making these wines! So exotic so different. I hear Leon Russell singing Back to the Islands to a wine from a a cold forbidding very steep hill. β€” a month ago

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Stewed currants, caraway, coriander nose.
Bright thick start with Velcro to velvet tannic finish; wants meat.
Impressive example of Barolo’s ability to age. Thanks for sharing, Russell!
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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

New Oakville Vineyard wine from Michael & Andrea Savaiano. Michael is an Assistant Winemaker at Bevan Cellars. His approach mirrors that of Mentor Russell Bevan, with pure, concentrated up-front fruit. The wine is likely sourced from Tench, although Vineyard source is unconfirmed. Michael uses all 100% New French Oak including Taransaud Barrels! The wine spends 17 months in Barrel before bottling. Absolutely fabulous at this early stage for a 2018 Vintage. Cheers πŸ‡πŸ·πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» β€” 24 days ago

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Laura Milton

Laura Milton

I loved this wine. I scored it the highest in our blind tasting. Fabulous!
Billy L.

Billy L.

@Laura Milton -Great you enjoyed the Pezzato, we’ll be drinking more in the future! Glad this wine is the Real Deal!β€οΈπŸ·πŸ‡πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
Laura Milton

Laura Milton

Yes, great find! πŸ·πŸ‘πŸ»


Primitivo Di Manduria 2018

A definite surprise. Ready to be too big but actually its full body and dark fruitiness was tasty and rich. With Donald Russell steak as well, perfect pairing. If on offer at Waitrose worth another buy for sure. Β£10 β€” a month ago

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This wine MUST be opened awhile before drinking! If you sip too quick, it is fizzy and disappointing. But given those minutes to relax and breathe, the wine becomes smooth, almost creamy, like a lotion for the soul. Ha! That perhaps goes too far, but it does evolve beautifully. The characteristic dark cherry is on the nose. Appears as a rusty burgundy in the Riedel glass....a fine glass enhances the experience, and I am not even a Riedel salesperson! Dark cherry velvet buttered dirt is what I am tasting. I like it! β€” 3 months ago

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