Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Southern Right Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc

8.9168 ratings
8.722 pro ratings
Walker Bay , Cape South Coast, Western Cape, South Africa
Sauvignon Blanc
Cheddar & Gruyere, Tomato-Based, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Goat & Feta Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Fish, Salads & Greens, Meaty & Oily Fish, Fruit Desserts, Shellfish
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

After our Cellar tasting we took some of the tasting room wines and went up to Anthony & Olive’s house for lunch. It was a pleasure to finally meet Olive. She is a; sweetheart, a great host and amazing cook. This was the best meal we had in the trip.

We started off with some freshly baked focaccia bread and this Sauvignon Blanc that again was my favorite on the trip.

It’s pleasant to drink. Beautiful citrus and tropicals, excellent gentle minerality, no grassy notes, green bean or NZ style cat pee. Just great body, structure, fruit, gentle minerality, perfect acidity and nicely polished finish. Nothing out of balance or overdone. For those that say they don’t like Sauvignon Blanc (they’re out there, I’ve met them) this bottling might change your mind.

Photos of; the view from Anthony & Olive’s terrace back onto their property, Anthony & I in deep wine discussion (what a pleasure to get to know and an amazing treasure trove of South African wine knowledge), the view from their dining room looking out to their terrace and one of the vineyards.

After our Cellar tasting we took some of the tasting room wines and went up to Anthony & Olive’s house for lunch. It was a pleasure to finally meet Olive. She is a; sweetheart, a great host and amazing cook. This was the best meal we had in the trip.

We started off with some freshly baked focaccia bread and this Sauvignon Blanc that again was my favorite on the trip.

It’s pleasant to drink. Beautiful citrus and tropicals, excellent gentle minerality, no grassy notes, green bean or NZ style cat pee. Just great body, structure, fruit, gentle minerality, perfect acidity and nicely polished finish. Nothing out of balance or overdone. For those that say they don’t like Sauvignon Blanc (they’re out there, I’ve met them) this bottling might change your mind.

Photos of; the view from Anthony & Olive’s terrace back onto their property, Anthony & I in deep wine discussion (what a pleasure to get to know and an amazing treasure trove of South African wine knowledge), the view from their dining room looking out to their terrace and one of the vineyards.

May 18th, 2019
Sue Mohle

Classic gooseberry pie and stones

Classic gooseberry pie and stones

1 person found it helpfulJan 2nd, 2015
Adam Knoerzer

A steal for the price. A flinty and fresh Sauvignon blanc that is low on the unfortunate cat piss found elsewhere and high on fresh grapefruit and grass.

A steal for the price. A flinty and fresh Sauvignon blanc that is low on the unfortunate cat piss found elsewhere and high on fresh grapefruit and grass.

Oct 30th, 2016
Mark Eastom

Bright/pungent, herbal, lemon/lime, straw/hay, cat pee, nose a cross btwn New Zealand and happy canyon in SYV. Great acid, kiwi, star fruit and grass on the palate. Fun wine.

Bright/pungent, herbal, lemon/lime, straw/hay, cat pee, nose a cross btwn New Zealand and happy canyon in SYV. Great acid, kiwi, star fruit and grass on the palate. Fun wine.

Feb 24th, 2016
Cory Fierro

Strange dehydrated lemon nose with sandstone backing it up. Very acidic, almost to a fault, with gooseberry and kumquat flavors. A different take on sauvignon blanc that you'd normally find in New Zealand or France, and the difference makes it exciting.

Strange dehydrated lemon nose with sandstone backing it up. Very acidic, almost to a fault, with gooseberry and kumquat flavors. A different take on sauvignon blanc that you'd normally find in New Zealand or France, and the difference makes it exciting.

Jan 13th, 2016
Jonathan Hird

Beautiful floral wine. Slight acidity that is ever so pleasant, great for a summers evening but needs to be extra cold.

Beautiful floral wine. Slight acidity that is ever so pleasant, great for a summers evening but needs to be extra cold.

May 18th, 2014
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

8.4

Finishes too quick but other than that, pretty solid. Very herbaceous with some sage and rosemary. Good mineral backbone.

Finishes too quick but other than that, pretty solid. Very herbaceous with some sage and rosemary. Good mineral backbone.

Mar 4th, 2014
Billy Tornabene

Too sweet

Too sweet

Nov 10th, 2013
Steve Scharf

Very dry, but nice

Very dry, but nice

Nov 28th, 2019
Rich Reader

Decent table wine, okay as a thirst quencher

Decent table wine, okay as a thirst quencher

May 1st, 2015