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..
The Pinot Noir plots give Burgundian subtlety, texture and length, which is down to the identification of the shale/gravel soils on which the vines now grow. According to the experts at Wine Advocate, the team at Hamilton Russell “create the best Pinot Noir in South Africa bar none". This wine proves that.
Tasting Note: Juicy and fruity – think griddled orange, red cherries, pomegranate and spiced blackberry crumble