Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2014 750ml
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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2014

Hamilton Russell - Overberg - South Africa - Walker Bay

Professional Wine Reviews for Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2014

Rated 92 by Robert Parker
Tasting a barrel sample of the 2014 Pinot Noir, Hannes outlined the challenges of that season. 'The last two weeks of November saw 260mm of rain and then 230mm in January and this dramatically affected the vegetal growth of the plant. Consequently the alcohol is lower at around 13.4 degrees.' It has an open and transparent nose that clearly does not possess the precocity of the 2013: tart red cherries, more sous-bois notes, tertiary instead of fruit-driven. The palate is more promising - the tannins are quite svelte with lively strawberry and raspberry flavors, with a slight oatmeal note coming in towards the harmonious vintage. Hopefully the aromatics will gain more vigor by the time of bottling.

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Winery: Hamilton Russell

Varietal: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir translates as 'black pine' in French, and is named as such due to the extremely inky color of the fruits, which hang in bunches the shape of a pine cone. Wineries often struggle with Pinot Noir vines, as more than most red wine grape varietals, they fail in hot temperatures and are rather susceptible to various diseases which can be disastrous when hoping for a late harvest. Thanks to new technologies and methods for avoiding such problems, however, the Pinot Noir grape varietal has spread across the world to almost every major wine producing country. Why? Quite simply because this is considered to be one of the finest grape varietals one can cultivate, due to the fact that it can be used to produce a wide range of excellent wines full of interesting, fresh and fascinating flavors Their thin skins result in a fairly light-bodied wine, and the juices carry beautiful notes of summer fruits, currants and berries, and many, many more.

Country: South Africa

Situated on the very tip of the African continent, South Africa has proved itself over three centuries to be an ideal location for producing a wide range of wines. Benefiting from something not dissimilar to a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers complemented by both Atlantic and Indian Ocean winds, the grapes which grow on the valleys, mountainsides and plains of this fascinating country can ripen to their fullest capacity, producing wines packed full of fruity flavors and an array of interesting and enticing aromas. As a former colony, South Africa has long since been home to a range of different nationalities, who each brought something of their wine culture with them. As such, many European grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and others have been given time to flourish in South Africa, allowing the country to develop a diverse group of wine types which are proving increasingly popular around the world.