Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Founder, Tim Hamilton Russell, purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property in 1975, after an exhaustive search for the most southerly site on which to make South Africa's top cool climate wines from a selection of
noble varieties.
His son, Anthony Hamilton Russell, who took over in 1991 (finally buying the property in 1994), narrowed the range to Pinot noir and Chardonnay only and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an Estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir.

"We are not so much using Hamilton Russell Vineyards to make Pinot noir and Chardonnay as we are using Pinot noir and Chardonnay to express the beauty and personality of Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Our terroir, in effect, "chose" these varieties as its most individual and beautiful expression."-Anthony Hamilton Russell

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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2017
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 ““Fresh red cherries, blueberries, rose petals, stems, nutmeg, licorice and spice box. Medium to full body, refined tannins, savory undertones and a caressing finish. Lovely tension to this. So refined and elegant. Drink now.””-JS  Wine Enthusiast 93 “Offers a lovely mix of
Item Number: 30091
Case: $257.70
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 A really stylish white with white stones, dried apricots, white blossoms, lemon curd, jasmine and caramelized citrus peel. Medium to full body, some really nice phenolic texture, very zesty acidity and an pinpoint finish.  Jeb Dunnuck 93 The 2017 Chardonnay is classy stuff all
Item Number: 28913
Case: $203.70

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2016
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2016 Chardonnay underwent less malolactic than other vintages to preserve the acidity, around 40%, and the wine matured in 38% new oak for nine to ten months. Yields were very low at around 20 hectoliters per hectare. It is much less rich than the 2015, yet it displays finer

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Spectator 92 "Very stylish and alluring, with blood orange, singed cinnamon, dark tea and lightly mulled cherry fruit notes weaving together, laced with a tangy mineral echo that stretches out the finish. Drink now through 2016. 2,000 cases imported."-WE  The Wine Advocate 92 "Tasting a

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2015
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 WS TOP 100 2016 Rank 11 "Rippling with tension, featuring Jonagold apple, white peach, mirabelle plum and honeysuckle notes coiled at the core. Citrus oil-mineral-edged finish. Best from 2017 through 2022."~WS  "A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2014
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2014 Chardonnay has a very composed nose: hints of wild honey, citrus lemon, nutmeg and flint emerge from the glass, very nicely focused and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry, superb volume in the mouth here with almond and

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2011
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92Very refined, with bergamot and rooibos tea notes, followed by silky cherry, mulled strawberry and cinnamon flavors at the core. Delivers a long, elegant, mineral-infused finish. Seductive. Drink now through 2016. 1,200 cases imported. –JM

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92“Lovely black tea, singed apple wood and toasty wood spice notes lead the way, followed by racy black cherry, red currant and blackberry fruit, with a long, mineral-driven finish. This has range and depth, yet stays silky and very elegant. Drink now through 2017.”

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2010
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "Cropped at 16.86 hectoliter per hectare and raised in 35% new oak barrels, the 2010 Chardonnay is more reserved than the 2009 but retains very fine delineation with hints of grapefruit and nectarine. The palate has a very attractive hazelnut and lanolin-tinged entry. It has

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2008
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"Ripe and stylish, with melon, ginger, yellow apple and pear flavors that glide over well-embedded acidity. There's a lingering whiff of grilled hazelnut on the rich finish. Not quite as dense as the 2007, but still outstanding." - JM

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "A tangy, racy style, boasting a core of mulled cherry, red currant and incense notes backed by a long, iron-tinged finish. Taut but vigorous, this should stretch out a touch with brief cellaring. " ~JM  Stephen Tanzer 88 "Moderately saturated medium red. Very reduced nose