Hamilton Russell

Posted on: March 17th, 2008 by

Chardonnay 2007: The vintage produced wines that are “easy and open” and “mineral instead of fruit-driven.” The wine had lots of acidity and was oaky (but not insanely obstrusive). Low pH like Chablis; it is a “dry, austere, and mineral” wine.

Chardonnay 2006: Less acidity, probably due to the extra year in bottle.

Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2007: It’s for New Zealand fans.

Southern Right Pinotage 2006: Ageworthy. 50% crop thinning. Alcohol 13.8%; Aussie Shiraz fans would enjoy this wine. It has the nose of Pinot Noir, but drinking it reveals bold tannin and spicy fruit. Almost like Shiraz.

Southern Right Pinotage 2007: A great introduction to Pinotage. More ready-to-go than the 2006. Soft tannins with raspberry and smoke.

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2006: Good acidity, nice tannin and structure, and a long finish.

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2007: Nicer fruit; more open. A little smoky on the finish.

The text in quotation is Anthony Hamilton Russell’s thoughts on the wine/vintage.

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