Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2021

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2021

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The Chardonnay 2021 harvest finished 8 days later than 2020, because it was a slightly cooler vintage and so the grapes required a little more hang time to achieve optimal ripeness. The chardonnay vines are naturally low yielding and planted on northeast facing, stony, clay-rich slopes and are affected by the maritime weather. 94% barrel fermentation in a combination of 228-litre (68%) and 300-litre (26%) French oak barrels and 6% foudre. Matured for 9 months in 1st-fill (26%), 2nd-fill (32%), 3rd-fill (31%) and 4th-fill (11%). Released in January 2022. 44,400 bottles were produced. Bottled at 13.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality.

Palate: Lovely fruit forward entry showcasing pear, lime and hints of unripe peaches. Mid-palate reveals its subtle creamy texture that coats your palate without becoming flabby or rich.

Finish: Beautiful acidity with a subtle surprising salinity. The finish shows subtle nutty notes.

Hamilton Russell Vineyards – one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea – pioneered viticulture and winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the finest in the New World.

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2021