Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir

9.0414 ratings
9.174 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
David L

14’Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir. It's a silky, seductive wine, aromatic & balanced. Pronounced cherry & raspberry fruits, backed by barrel spices. Streaks of cola & fruit cake ride out the back of the palate as well. Solid tanning. It certainly lingers around for a minute. Drinking over the next 4/5 years. Want to thank @Greg Ballington for this delicious gift!

14’Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir. It's a silky, seductive wine, aromatic & balanced. Pronounced cherry & raspberry fruits, backed by barrel spices. Streaks of cola & fruit cake ride out the back of the palate as well. Solid tanning. It certainly lingers around for a minute. Drinking over the next 4/5 years. Want to thank @Greg Ballington for this delicious gift!

Apr 28th, 2020
Allison Lyzenga

Pale garnet; medium intensity aromas of red cherry, red currant, raspberry, spiced apple rings; dry, medium plus acid, medium minus tannins, medium alcohol, medium minus body, medium intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium finish, very fresh and elegant palate

Pale garnet; medium intensity aromas of red cherry, red currant, raspberry, spiced apple rings; dry, medium plus acid, medium minus tannins, medium alcohol, medium minus body, medium intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium finish, very fresh and elegant palate

Feb 20th, 2020
Jason Li

Cannot understand the hype.

Cannot understand the hype.

Jan 6th, 2020
Aaron Tan

Oakey and a touch hot. Ripe cherries, blackberries, plum, cocoa, earth, and spice. Quite opulent, but still unmistakably Pinot Noir. Clean and polished, as such called it a new world wine. However, GL, who brought the wine, decided SA wasn't new world and led us down an entirely different path 😅

NB: Second encounter with this highly acclaimed producer and am still not quite convinced yet. Didn't really enjoy this but apparently the 13's are a little atypical for them, according to GL. Hope to taste a better example next time.

Oakey and a touch hot. Ripe cherries, blackberries, plum, cocoa, earth, and spice. Quite opulent, but still unmistakably Pinot Noir. Clean and polished, as such called it a new world wine. However, GL, who brought the wine, decided SA wasn't new world and led us down an entirely different path 😅

NB: Second encounter with this highly acclaimed producer and am still not quite convinced yet. Didn't really enjoy this but apparently the 13's are a little atypical for them, according to GL. Hope to taste a better example next time.

Oct 31st, 2019
Adam Knoerzer

I think this is their most successful Pinot in the past few vintages. A little shy right now, sure, but I think it’s going to be firing on all cylinders in 2-3 years. Restrained, perfumed, and with enough structure to develop nicely.

I think this is their most successful Pinot in the past few vintages. A little shy right now, sure, but I think it’s going to be firing on all cylinders in 2-3 years. Restrained, perfumed, and with enough structure to develop nicely.

Oct 23rd, 2019
Lyn Farmer

Pale ruby color, with Pronounced aromas of ripe, jammy strawberry, cherry tobacco and forest floor. Some vanilla comes out along with some tertiary notes. High acidity, medium + body, medium alcohol (13.5%) with the palate mirroring the nose, adding to strawberry and cherry some mineral and earthy graphite notes. Fine grained tannins with a medium finish. complex, with very good quality lacking only a longer finish to bring it up to par with the finest examples from Walker Bay.

Pale ruby color, with Pronounced aromas of ripe, jammy strawberry, cherry tobacco and forest floor. Some vanilla comes out along with some tertiary notes. High acidity, medium + body, medium alcohol (13.5%) with the palate mirroring the nose, adding to strawberry and cherry some mineral and earthy graphite notes. Fine grained tannins with a medium finish. complex, with very good quality lacking only a longer finish to bring it up to par with the finest examples from Walker Bay.

Oct 11th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Anthony took us to the tasting room in their Cellar to taste the Hamilton Russell line of wines.

This is why you come down to this region, the Pinot Noirs. They are Burgundian in style. Nice red and blue fruits with very gentle wood use and about 13% ABV. Quite enjoyable.

This completed a vertical tasting of; 2017, 2016 & 2015.

Photos of; the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, Anthony’s pouring our tasting, barrels around our tasting, and a long view of their property and house on the hilltop.

Anthony took us to the tasting room in their Cellar to taste the Hamilton Russell line of wines.

This is why you come down to this region, the Pinot Noirs. They are Burgundian in style. Nice red and blue fruits with very gentle wood use and about 13% ABV. Quite enjoyable.

This completed a vertical tasting of; 2017, 2016 & 2015.

Photos of; the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, Anthony’s pouring our tasting, barrels around our tasting, and a long view of their property and house on the hilltop.

May 18th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Anthony took us to the tasting room in their Cellar to taste the Hamilton Russell line of wines.

This is why you come down to this region, the Pinot Noirs. They are Burgundian in style. Nice red and blue fruits with very gentle wood use and about 13% ABV. Quite enjoyable.

Photos of; the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, Anthony’s pouring our tasting, barrels around our tasting, and a long view of their property and house on the hilltop.

Anthony took us to the tasting room in their Cellar to taste the Hamilton Russell line of wines.

This is why you come down to this region, the Pinot Noirs. They are Burgundian in style. Nice red and blue fruits with very gentle wood use and about 13% ABV. Quite enjoyable.

Photos of; the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, Anthony’s pouring our tasting, barrels around our tasting, and a long view of their property and house on the hilltop.

May 18th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Anthony took us to the tasting room in their Cellar to taste the Hamilton Russell line of wines.

This is why you come down to this region, the Pinot Noirs. They are Burgundian in style. Nice red and blue fruits with very gentle wood use and about 13% ABV. Quite enjoyable.

Photos of; the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, a bronze statue of Anthony’s father wearing Anthony’s hat. It was his father who founded Russell Hamilton back in 1975. He was also CEO of one of the largest US advertising agencies, JWT or J. Walter Thompson. Our tasting setup in the cellar and a long view of their property and house on the hilltop.

Anthony took us to the tasting room in their Cellar to taste the Hamilton Russell line of wines.

This is why you come down to this region, the Pinot Noirs. They are Burgundian in style. Nice red and blue fruits with very gentle wood use and about 13% ABV. Quite enjoyable.

Photos of; the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, a bronze statue of Anthony’s father wearing Anthony’s hat. It was his father who founded Russell Hamilton back in 1975. He was also CEO of one of the largest US advertising agencies, JWT or J. Walter Thompson. Our tasting setup in the cellar and a long view of their property and house on the hilltop.

May 18th, 2019
Rodney Rosser

Starting turkey day wines early

Starting turkey day wines early

Nov 21st, 2018