The Chardonnay from Hamilton Russel is an exceptional bottle and one of our favorite examples of the grape outside of Burgundy. Made with a traditional flair, the classicism that meshes with the more pronounced fruit creates a beautiful dynamic that appeals to both new and old-world wine drinkers alike. 2021 is a lovely example that plays right into the style of Hamilton Russel, and we have a limited amount remaining in stock.
We have been drinking the wines from Hamilton Russell for over a decade, and they are consistently some of the best examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the southern hemisphere. The Chardonnay has been a go-to for us, and 2021 is a benchmark year for Hamilton Russel and the basis for one of the best Chardonnays they have ever made.
Hamilton Russel is located in the Hemel-en-Aarde, one of the best spots in South Africa for wine growing, with its coastal influence playing a big role in the more classic style of these wines. The Chardonnay is planted on stony, clay-rich soil lacking nutrients, forcing vines to grow massive root structures in order to find life, giving the wines more character, concentration, and naturally lower yields. Because of these processes, the wines directly represent this unique terroir, a key aspect that Hamilton Russel actively looks for in each vintage.
2021 was the coolest vintage in the last ten years for in Hemel-en-Aarde, and winemaker Anthony Hamilton Russell thinks this could be the best yet. With alcohol right around 13.4%, it's a classic example capable of standing up to some of the best Chardonnay's of the vintage. Our clients love the Hamilton Russell Chardonnay for its more Burgundian-styled influence, and this vintage shows off that flair in spades. Bright fruit, minerality, and excellent acidity with a beautiful dynamic of intensity and elegance, it's a magnificent vintage for this wine and a fantastic buy at this friendly pricing.
Decanter (Andy Howard MW) 94 points! "A very successful wine this vintage, with its mineral notes and finesse illustrating the cooler character of the vintage. Saline and creamy on the palate with fine integration of oak, peach and pear fruit and an intriguing lime zest note, all kept fresh and focussed with lingering, cleansing acidity. Give this a couple of years and then enjoy. (Drink between 2024-2030)"