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 is one of the planet's most widely grown and enjoyed grape varietals, and thanks to the popularity of the key wines it is associated with – Burgundy and Champagne – it has successfully spread from its native home in France to much of the wine producing world. Pinot Noir means 'black pine' in French, and this refers to the extremely dark, inky color of the fruit, and the fact that it grows in conical bunches, resembling a large pine cone. It has long been revered for its wide range of refreshing, summery flavors, and the fact that it produces red wines of a beautiful garnet color and light body. More recently, sparkling wines made exclusively with Pinot Noir have been extremely popular, and the orchard notes found in the fizzy 'blanc des noirs' wines mark out just how versatile this grape varietal really is. Despite being notoriously difficult to grow, it isn't hard to see why this grape is now found in vineyards all over the world, as it is synonymous with romance and decadence, quality and fantastic flavor

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.