Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2021

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2021

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The Pinot Noir 2021 harvest finished 10 days later than 2020, because it was a slightly cooler vintage and the grapes needed more hang time to achieve optimal ripeness. The vines are naturally low yielding and grown on north-east facing, stony, clay-rich slopes that are influenced by the maritime breeze. 100% barrel fermentation in 228-litre French oak barrels. Matured for 10 months in 1st-fill (29%), 2nd-fill (28%), 3rd-fill (36%) and 4th-fill (7%). 34,800 bottles were produced. Released in February 2022. Bottled at 13.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Earthy with subtle notes of dried herbs and freshly cracked black pepper.

Palate: On entry hints of strawberry and cranberry. Mid-palate reveals more savoury spicy and earthy notes. Black pepper and mushrooms. Light to medium body.

Finish: A light, fine grain tannin structure. Lingering savoury notes with a hint of salinity.

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 Pinot Noir 2021