Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir

9.0375 ratings
9.258 pro ratings
Walker Bay , Cape South Coast, Western Cape, South Africa
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2015 - mocca, high acidity

Vintage 2015 - mocca, high acidity

Jan 6th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.8

Brick red with light brown edges. Interesting nose with dried floral notes, a little toasted with strawberries. Developed more complexity on day two with smokiness, mesquite wood, sweet spices and a bit of iron. Low tannins (4.5/10) and medium acidity (5.5/10). Very similar to an aged Pinot Noir on the palate with strawberries, rhubarb and lightly floral. Dry with a medium plus length finish. Smoother and more open on day two. Drink now.

Brick red with light brown edges. Interesting nose with dried floral notes, a little toasted with strawberries. Developed more complexity on day two with smokiness, mesquite wood, sweet spices and a bit of iron. Low tannins (4.5/10) and medium acidity (5.5/10). Very similar to an aged Pinot Noir on the palate with strawberries, rhubarb and lightly floral. Dry with a medium plus length finish. Smoother and more open on day two. Drink now.

Jan 2nd, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

First of the reds in our South African blind tasting. This is the benchmark Pinot Noir for South Africa made by Emul Ross. Light to medium garnet red with light bricking on the edges. A touch earthy and smokey on the nose with some cherries. Medium plus acidity (6.5/10) and light tannins (4.5/10). Light plus to medium bodied with some cherries, a little petrol and floral with raspberries and some meaty notes. Medium plus to long finish. Needed a solid decant to open up and was better when I sneaked a peek on day two. Drink from 2018 till 2025.

First of the reds in our South African blind tasting. This is the benchmark Pinot Noir for South Africa made by Emul Ross. Light to medium garnet red with light bricking on the edges. A touch earthy and smokey on the nose with some cherries. Medium plus acidity (6.5/10) and light tannins (4.5/10). Light plus to medium bodied with some cherries, a little petrol and floral with raspberries and some meaty notes. Medium plus to long finish. Needed a solid decant to open up and was better when I sneaked a peek on day two. Drink from 2018 till 2025.

Dec 2nd, 2017
Bryant Bickel

Serious Wine, the silkyness of Cali on the front with the terroir of Oregon on the back. a polished bing cherry, with lovely forest floor notes, well balanced truly a beauty

Serious Wine, the silkyness of Cali on the front with the terroir of Oregon on the back. a polished bing cherry, with lovely forest floor notes, well balanced truly a beauty

3 people found it helpfulJul 6th, 2014
Adam Crane

2010. Fabulous!

2010. Fabulous!

2 people found it helpfulAug 14th, 2014
Adam Dromi

Wow. A delicious Pinot Noir from South Africa. Need to try other ones.

Wow. A delicious Pinot Noir from South Africa. Need to try other ones.

1 person found it helpfulJan 27th, 2014
Marc Glassberg

Sommelier Cellar Master Consulting

1992

1992

1 person found it helpfulSep 20th, 2013
Petra Thieriot

Owner/Importer Dee Vine Wines

10

Ernie, the genie, prepared the entire 5+ course meal for 18 guests and convinced all of us that South African Pinot can taste like premium Burgundy!

Ernie, the genie, prepared the entire 5+ course meal for 18 guests and convinced all of us that South African Pinot can taste like premium Burgundy!

1 person found it helpfulSep 19th, 2013
Jason Chang

Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard

9.2

Excellent. Looking to get this in US.

Excellent. Looking to get this in US.

Aug 9th, 2016
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Who said SA Pinot couldn't age? Bright garnet red with bricking on the edges. Lovely and complex nose with mesquite smoke, burnt wood ends, sweet smoke, smoked cherries and completely rounded. Nothing was too sharp and overbearing. Moderate acidity (6.5/10) with a light to medium body. Light spiciness and savory/gamey elements. Completely coats your mouth. Long and lingering finish. Some wood/twigs in the finish and red cherries. Well rounded and balanced. Drink till 2020.

Who said SA Pinot couldn't age? Bright garnet red with bricking on the edges. Lovely and complex nose with mesquite smoke, burnt wood ends, sweet smoke, smoked cherries and completely rounded. Nothing was too sharp and overbearing. Moderate acidity (6.5/10) with a light to medium body. Light spiciness and savory/gamey elements. Completely coats your mouth. Long and lingering finish. Some wood/twigs in the finish and red cherries. Well rounded and balanced. Drink till 2020.

Jul 18th, 2016