Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Pinot Noir 2018
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa
After Italy, France, Germany, USA, New Zealand, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Austria, Russia, and Switzerland, it is time to taste a Pinot Noir from South Africa. This nectar comes from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, in the well-established vineyard area of Walker Bay, renowned for some of South Africa’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The harvest began the first week of February until the first week of March. After the malolactic fermentation, the divine juice aged for 10 months in 228l French Oak Barrels (35% new, 47% second fill and 18% third fill, with different toasting degree). I really like the label of the bottle. Cheers!
In the glass the wine has an elegant and lively ruby colour. The intensity is medium.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. The aromatic palette is a cornucopia of ripe wild berries and strawberry, with a touch of elegant violet. The secondary aromas remember the vanilla, cloves, a light toast and coffee. While the tertiaries are the typical ones of a good Pinot Noir: fine leather, a hint of farmyard, earth and game. At the nose the wine is very attractive, I cannot stop myself to have a sip immediately.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are quite rounded and smoothed. The flavour intensity is pronounced with a long lasting. At the palate the strawberry disappears leaving the scene to a bitter, but pleasant, sour cherry. The secondaries are more marked, especially the toast, smoke and an endless charred wood. Fabulous! There are hints of coffee, kirsch, and dark chocolate. As tertiaries, the farmyard fades away, while notes of game and meaty linger for quite some time.
I love it. This nectar is perfectly balanced, with a superb, but elegant, intensity. The hints of fruits are so delicious and the kaleidoscope of secondary aromas is sumptuously complex. This Pinot Noir is really generous, everybody will love it.
Final vote: 93
Price: £40.1 at Hedonism Wines