Rebels and pioneers, Hamilton Russell Vineyards were the first to grow vines in the cool, maritime region of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Tim Hamilton Russell planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both rare varieties for South Africa at the time. 1994 saw his son Anthony take ownership of the Estate, and extensive soil research was initiated which identified 52 hectares of stony, clay-rich, shale soils as optimal for the individual, expressive wines which have garnered the reputation as some of the ﬁnest in South Africa and the New World, to be produced near the tip of the African continent..
Today the Estate has 20 parcels of Chardonnay vines, all vinified separately, before blending for consistency of aesthetic, but with the character of the vintage also present. Serve with poultry terrines and simple seafood such as roast seabass and crayfish tails with lemon and coriander. Ready to drink now but will improve with age.
Tasting Note: Very crisp on the palate with fine acidity and a touch of stoned fruit, this is concentrated, mineral and elegant.