24 Mar 2014

A delicious new world style Pinot from a cooler corner of South Africa

A delicious new world style Pinot from a cooler corner of South Africa

South Africa has a few cooler climate spots with producers that specialize in Burgundian grapes.

We have been selling the Hamilton Russell line up long before its wines became fashionable here in the US market. Its portfolio has grown from strength to strength, year after year, both with its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The pricing in terms of what has been in the bottle has been more than fair, in fact in most cases actually over delivering in terms of other wines of equal quality, as there has not been much of a price increase with either varietal over the past few years. Having said that, their wines sell for a premium because of the quality, so this is well made and high quality Pinot Noir.
Tim Hamilton Russell was the first person to begin a wine farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in the 1980s and his son Anthony has taken the property from strength to strength. Being the first people there, they also got the first pick at the land, and their land is close to the mouth of the valley as it opens up near the sea. They might not be old in the sense that some wineries are old, but they were pioneers in that area and for close to three decades have led the pack in South Africa as far as these Burgundy varietals are concerned.

The just released 2012 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir could be one of the best we have tried from this producer. We say this as the winery made a concerted effort beginning with the 2010 vintage, to move toward a more fruit forward and a little less savory style, which has come to perfect fruition with the 2012 vintage. This is simply a world class wine with beautiful red fruit and the wine's savory, herbal edge in perfect harmony. This is serious stuff, silky textured, with beautiful fruit detail and balance. In terms of exceptional Pinot Noir when compared to what's out there at the $40 price point, this represents great value. We are offering this for $39.99 a bottle and $35.99 on six bottles or more. You can spend a whole lot more on a Pinot Noir and get a fraction of what this wine offers. For those who have been loyal supporters of this winery and its Pinot Noir you will love this one.

Posted by Oliver 00:00:00

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