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Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2017

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Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2017
$41.99
$35.69

SKU 19019

750ml

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A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Region South Africa, Walker Bay
Brand Hamilton Russell
Alcohol/vol 13.16%
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Wine SpectatorMelon, yellow apple, white peach and quince flavors give this an opulent feel, harnessed by honeysuckle and quinine accents through the finish, showing refinement and length in the end. Drink now through 2021. 2,100 cases imported.

James Molesworth, October 15, 2018
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Jeb DunnuckThe 2017 Chardonnay is classy stuff all the way that's 100% varietal aged mostly in French oak, with small amounts brought up in foudre, ceramic eggs, and stainless steel. Orchard fruits, pineapple, and white flower notes all emerge from the glass. It's medium-bodied, beautifully textured, and seamless on the palate. With beautiful purity, vibrant, integrated acidity, and a great finish, it should keep for a decade or more.

March 20, 2018
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Wine EnthusiastThere's a beautiful floral lift to the nose of this wine, as fresh-pressed white flowers and orange blossom are coupled with apple flesh, crumbled chalk and a touch of sweet herbs. The medium-weight palate is round and satisfying, a little soft on the midpalate, but then the acidity pops up and the texture builds to reveal a nice balance and overall bright mouthfeel. Soft tannins and flavors of orange and lime pith round out the feel, with a subtle yet lingering richness and toasty accent to the close.

Lauren Buzzeo, March 1, 2019
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VinousThe 2017 Chardonnay was whole-bunch-pressed, destemmed and matured for nine months with partial malolactic and light bâtonnage, in around 30% new wood, of which 40% is not toasted. It has an attractive bouquet of yellow plum and a subtle patisserie scent, the oak neatly integrated. The palate is well balanced with slightly lower acidity than its peers, good depth, a slightly waxy texture and a touch of candied orange peel toward the finish. Enjoy this over the next five or six years, possibly longer.

August 2018