Pinot Noir 2020


Pinot Noir

Afrique du Sud
Désignation réglementée
Wine of origin (WO)
Western Cape
Cape South Coast
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Pinot Noir 100 %
Pourcentage d'alcool
Taux de sucre
3,4 g/l
Type de vieillissement
Chêne français
Durée de vieillissement
10 mois
Site web du producteur

Information sur le domaine

Hamilton Russell Vineyards, l'un des domaines viticoles les plus méridionaux de l'Afrique et l'un des plus proches de la mer, est situé dans l’appellation Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, juste derrière le vieux village de pêcheurs d’Hermanus. Le domaine est spécialisé dans la production de pinot noir et de chardonnay. En 1975, Tim Hamilton Russell a fait l’acquisition d’une propriété non exploitée d’une superficie de 170 hectares, après avoir longuement cherché un site idéal...

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Notes sur le produit

Élevé en fût de chêne français 25 % neufs et 75% de 2 à 4 vins pendant 6 mois

Notes de dégustation

Hamilton Russell c’est LA référence du pinot noir "à la bourguignonne" de l’Afrique du Sud. Le sol peu vigoureux, caillouteux et riche en argile, le climat maritime frais, les rendements naturellement faibles bien en dessous de 35 hl/ha et leur philosophie d'expression de leur terroir dans leurs vins donnent lieu à une certaine tension, une ligne tannique et une longueur persistante qui équilibrent la richesse et la générosité de ce pinot noir. Ce pinot noir n'est pas ouvertement fruit et il montre généralement des notes de ce caractère "primitif" savoureux et séduisant avec un parfum de fruits primaires sombre, épicé et complexe.

Revues de presse


- 96 points -

Andy Howard MW,

Anthony Hamilton Russell views this as perhaps his finest Pinot Noir to date. 2021 was a cooler, later vintage (only 2001, 2004 and 2008 have been cooler in the past 25 years). It shows concentrated red berry fruit and sweet and spicy notes on the palate with velvety tannins and structure for the long haul. Aged 10 months in François Frères barriques. Still ultra-youthful, it needs two or three years but will keep several decades.

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Tim Atkin

- 95 points -

Tim Atkin, (Millésime 2019)

Made with 84% purchased fruit because of the fire in Hamilton Russell’s own vineyards, this is a cuvée of the three Hemel-en-Aarde Valley sub-regions, and all the better for it. A one-off it may be, but it’s less earthy and backward than the estate’s normal style, combining fragrance elegance with racy red berry fruit, some clove spice, supporting tannins and stylish oak.

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- 95 points -

(Millésime 2019)

Anthony Hamilton Russell hopes this will be a unique wine, being the only HR Pinot Noir to be made with bought-in grapes (generously sold to him by other high-quality producers) when fire hit the estate, with 84% of their own fruit affected. This is a blend of grapes from Upper Hemel-en-Aarde and the Ridge. Very approachable already, attractive red-fruits and a slight earthiness. A fine effort in trying circumstances. Labelled just Hamilton Russell, rather than Hamilton Russell Vineyards to distinguish.

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James Suckling

- 93 points -

Aromas of cherries and wild strawberries with dried herbs, paprika, citrus rind and stones. Medium-bodied with round texture. Refined and delicate pinot with juicy character, impressive tension and length. Lingering finish with notes of nut shell and spices. Sustainable. Drink or hold.

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- 91 points -

(Millésime 2019)

The 2019 Pinot Noir is Walker Bay in terms of Wine of Origin rather than Hemel-en-Aarde, since much of their Pinot Noir was rejected after wildfires tainted the fruit. The majority of fruit was sourced from benevolent growers in the valley, and completely destemmed but not crushed, then matured in 24% new French oak. This has an open, quite herbal bouquet of vibrant red and black fruit, underlying sous-bois notes coming through with aeration. The well-balanced palate offers fine-grained tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Open and expressive, with a pinch of black pepper on the cohesive finish. Given the trauma suffered this vintage, this should be considered a success, not least because it still seems to bear the imprimatur of Hamilton Russell.

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Wine Advocate

- 90 points -

(Millésime 2019)

Before I begin my tasting note, I'd like to quickly focus on what Hamilton Russell has written on the back of their 2019 Pinot Noir label. While wildfires are not an uncommon occurrence for South Africa, it is refreshing to see such high integrity and transparency as Hamilton Russell has displayed in a challenging situation. Bottled as Walker Bay wine of origin, they had to reject almost all of their Pinot Noir vineyard fruit due to a wildfire. The estate stands to gain more trust and brand loyalty from their followers from the decision to be completely open and transparent about what happened to them and their Pinot Noir in 2019. I wish more of the world were as honest and transparent as Hamilton Russell has demonstrated to every consumer of this vintage. I don't know everything there is to know about building brand loyalty, but I am confident that the first chapter of that playbook begins with what Hamilton Russell has written on the back of this particular bottling.

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