The nose reveals, lemon curd, lime, green apple, overripe pineapple, a salted caramel, beautiful soft minerals, chalk power and yellow flowers, lilies, spring flowers with greens.
The body is full and round. Honeysuckle, fruit blossoms, lemon curd, lime, green apple, overripe pineapple, a salted caramel, beautiful soft minerals, chalk power and yellow flowers, lilies, spring flowers with greens. The acidity is round. The lush finish thick, rich and well polished.
Photos of; the view from Gabrielskloof, a different shot with more decomposed granite soil, John Seccombe of Thorne and Daughters hosting our tasting with his Japanese importer and Gabrielskloof Estate vines. — 5 days ago
A dessert wine in spectacular condition at 16 years of age. Intriguing nose of dried fig, raisins, plum and butterscotch, intertwined with iodine. Silky palate with amazing depth. Superb balance and acidity. A dream. — 8 days ago
Really nice lemon lime acid with a phenomenal chalky quality, crispy — 4 days ago
Our second stop in Hemel-en-Aarde (an hour SE of Stellenbosch) was Hamilton Russell; which also makes this Ashbourne line of wines. This is the wine Anthony Hamilton Russell greeted us with when we arrived.
I didn’t takes notes on this visit. It just never seemed appropriate during visit. Anthony was a treasure trove of wine knowledge, not only on his Terroir but, South Africa in general.
I would say this blend of; Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon was quite good. The fruit sees the warmth during the day but cools down in the evening as it’s not far from the coast. It’s fermented in all neutral wood and has a gentle 13% ABV. All of which, are right in my wheelhouse in terms of how I prefer my whites.
This was our last visit in South Africa and probably our overall favorite. It was a combination of the area, their wines, Anthony’s passion & knowledge of his Terroir and the amazing lunch they prepared for our at their house. It was hands down the best meal we had on our trip.
Photos of; Hamilton Russell Vineyard, one of the soil structures that vary site to site around their Estate and a long shot of the property with Anthony & Olives house up on the hill.
— 2 days ago
A beautiful example of aged Hunter Valley Semillon. Lanolin, Wet Hay a little toast and very little honey at this stage. A lovely waxy texture on the palate. Plenty of acid and still a good future. 7 Trophies on the Australian Show Circuit as you can see above the label. — 4 days ago
Enjoyed at dessert last night! This semillon pairs well with banana pudding and white chocolate ice cream. Nose of funky honey and roasted pecans and peach preserves. Entry is sweet, thick, candied nuts and caramel in addition to a peaches and cream and honey character. Really went well with the banana pudding and better than expected with the white chocolate ice cream. Going strong. — 22 days ago
Apple, melon, pleasant paint nose. Bright slight melon tannins. Strikes the mouth pretty broadly. Nice. — 6 days ago
Well I thought this was wonderful. All lychees and tropical fruit, with a creamy oak. Yum! No wonder it won a silver award! (Purchased from the French shop in Cookham). — 6 days ago