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Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 750ML 2012      
Sku: 16356

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 Wine Spectator 93 points
The 2012 Chardonnay was barrel-fermented for 9 months in small French oak barrels. It has been made the same was as the previous 30 vintages of Chardonnay, although it now benefits from 4% aging in amphora that were introduced in 2005. “Our 2011 Chardonnay was the first to have a small and frankly irrelevant amphorae-fermented and aged Chardonnay component of 1% and the 2012 had around 4%. Our oldest Chardonnay blocks yield less than 1.5 tons per hectare and often dont ripen much above 12% alcohol. These small parcels can be overwhelmed by new oak and lack a little freshness if fermented and aged in old oak. Our amphorae are made of stoneware and were designed to have an air-exchange equivalent to a barrel (not far more as is mostly the case with terracotta amphorae). In the amphorae we get a wine that is fat, fresh and complex at low alcohol. We are planning to slowly acquire enough to ferment and age up to 10% of our Chardonnay this way. The nose is more reticent than its peers, but shows great class with subtle scents of pineapple, smoke and orange zest. The palate has a lovely citric edge that is reminiscent of a fine Chassagne-Montrachet. It is imbued with wonderful poise and a gradual build in the mouth toward a poised, zesty marmalade-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. Excellent! Drink now-2019.
Tightly wound, this exhibits a serious core of glazed pear, fig, apple, plantain and brioche notes, lined with mineral and honeysuckle hints and accented by nicely beaded acidity. This should be a beauty when it unwinds fully. Best from 2014 through 2020. 3,200 cases imported. –JM Rated #19 in Wine Spectator’s 2013 Top 100

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South Africa
Overberg
Breede River Valley
Coastal Region
Walker Bay
Elgin
Regional Varietals:
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Country: South Africa
Region: Overberg
Sub-Region: Walker Bay
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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