HAMILTON RUSSELL Pinot Noir 2015 to 2017 Vertical CASE x 3 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | South Africa | 75cl
£140.00 / £840.00 case
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Closure Type: Cork
Country: South Africa
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Grape: Pinot Noir
While many enthusiasts have cellared Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot noir over the years, there are still a lot who only encounter the wine at a youthful stage. This vertical allows enthusiasts to really get to know our Pinot noir and its story of place over time and through different life stages.
Our low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of well under 35 hl/ha and our philosophy of expressing our terroir in our wines –give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of our Pinot noir. Our Pinot noir is not overtly fruity, soft and "sweet" and it generally shows hints of that alluring savoury "primal" character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume.
Each cellar aged bottle in the vertical carries a numbered print of a South African artwork from Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell’s private collection. The aim is to distinguish a vintage not just by a number, but also by an image as well.
2015 – Moses Tladi
2016 – Richard Scott
2017 – Alfred Krenz
2015 was an extraordinary vintage –unlike anything we have experienced before. It started a full 2 weeks early and finished over a period of 4 weeks (on February 20th) instead of our customary 7 weeks. The grapes were extremely healthy with thick skins and an unusually low juice content and the resulting wines are fuller and more sumptuous and concentrated than the 2013’s and 2014’s. 2015 was the first organic harvest (with some biodynamic features) for us and we have been thrilled with the results in our wines. We simply feel much better about what we do and we have been brought even closer to our all important vineyards. A logistically challenging but excellent vintage.
93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator - “Gorgeous, with a silky, persistent and racy structure guiding alluring rooibos tea, blood orange, damson plum and singed wood spice notes along.”
2016 was another unusually early and short harvest–almost exactly the same timing as 2015. But as is wonderfully the case with nature,the character of the 2016’s is surprisingly different to the 2015’s. For the winelands in general, the story was of excessive heat and extreme dryness. But this wasnotthe case for our appellation, the Hemel-en-AardeValley. Close proximity to the cool South Atlantic kept the maximum temperatures in line and we also benefitted from timely rain from the southeast, which seldom reaches the warmer inland areas. 2016 will be remembered as amore challenging year than 2015, but the resulting wines for the classicists and purists will perhaps be seen asmore typical of our style.
95 Andrew Howard MW, Decanter - Much more Burgundian in style, this reflects a low-yielding vintage with crisp acidity and fine tannins in charge on the palate. There isn't the same amount of up-front richness as the 2015 but Burgundy fans will love the gravelly precision and tension here, enhanced with use of 5% whole-bunch. This is a real terroir driven wine. Dark-cherry and spice notes on the palate with a long, lingering finish. Has a definite hint of Gevrey-Chambertin.
2017 was back to our usual timing after a particularly early 2015 and 2016. As for 2015 and 2016 however, the duration of harvest was short, with all grapes coming in prior to the end of February –having begun the harvest in the first week of February. Rainfall for these crucial months was only 10mm below our long-term average, so conditions could not be described as particularly dry. The rain which fell was in more regular very small amounts however, raising humidity and creating botrytis pressure. Our organic use of “good” Trichoderma funguses to attack botrytis was fortunately highly effective and we experienced no detrimental effect on what turned out to be exceptional grape quality. Altogether 2017 was an excellent vintage for us, with pure, fine, particularly classic, elegant wines with marked minerality.
Fresh red cherries, blueberries, rose petals, stems, nutmeg, licoriceand spice box. Medium to full body, refined tannins, savoury undertones and caressing finish. Lovely tension to this. So refined and elegant. - 93 James Suckling.
Terms and Conditions:
Offer - Ends on 30th April 2021
Delivery - Spring/Summer 2021
Prices - Include Freight, Duty & GST
Storage - Please advise if you would like the wine stored when it arrives
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