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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019 Walker Bay

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Grape growing is in essence a prolonged process of gambling with nature. No matter how good one gets at it, misfortune is sometimes unavoidable. Hamilton Russell estate suffered a devastating fire in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on January 11th, 2019, fanned by winds of up to 94 kilometres per hour. Their most important Pinot noir vineyards were directly in the path of the blaze. Although only around 10% of the crop was last completely to scorching of the canopies and bunches, they were forced to reject the majority of the Pinot Noir made from the remaining 90%, due to levels of smoke taint they were not comfortable with.

This is a wine which for the first time ever, reflects the different personalities of the 3 Hemel-en-Aarde appellations in a single blend. Friends came together and the Hamilton Russels were able to purcashe good fruit from elsewhere in the valley. The elegant, softer, more open red fruit profile of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde, combines with the lifted, darker blue fruit of the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge to create unusually complex fruit aromas, while the more muscular, structured, dark spice and tension of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley adds an additional layer of complexity to the wine. This is a wine of great personality and interest.

95 pts, Tim Atkin (September 2020)
Made with 84% purchased fruit because of the fire in Hamilton Russell's own vineyards, this is a cuvée of the three Hemel-en-Aarde Valley sub-regions, and all the better for it. A one-off it may be, but it's less earthy and backward than the estate's normal style, combining fragrance elegance with racy red berry fruit, some clove spice, supporting tannins and stylish oak. 2021-29

4.5 stars, Platter's 2021 South African Wine Guide - "A first for HRV: as precaution to avoid smoke taint after wildfires, only 16% of estate grapes used in 2019; merger of the 3 Hemel-en-Aarfe appellations (WO Walker Bay) gives softer tannins & fruit weight than usual but a broad appeal & charming personality."


South Africa

Alcohol ABV

ABV 13.5%


Walker Bay

Dietary Requirements


Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir

Vivino Rating

Vivino Rating: 4.1


Hamilton Russell




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