Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2020

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2020

 

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Hamilton Russell
Chardonnay 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : South Africa
  • Region : Walker Bay
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 12,9°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Experts Score Vintage
TA Tim Atkin 95 2019
RP Robert Parker 92+ 2019
DCT Decanter 93 2019
WS Wine Spectator 91 2018
WE Wine Enthusiast 90 2018
JS James Suckling 94 2017
JD Jeb Dunnuck 93 2017
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 91 2017
More information on wine critics and ratings

Tim Atkin (TA) : 95 Points (2019)
Unlike the Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir in the fireaffected 2019 vintage, the Chardonnay was all made with estate fruit. Entirely whole bunch-pressed for the first time, it’s a commendably bright, elegant and focused wine with less malolactic (10%) than normal, pithy acidity, a hint of stone fruit sweetness and refined 27% new French oak. Something of a triumph against the odds.

Robert Parker (RP) : 92+ Points (2019)
Bursting from the glass with elegant oak tones, the 2019 Chardonnay effortlessly sashays out of the glass with sweet citrus aromas, spiced yellow apple, caramelized pears, cinnamon nutmeg and oatmeal cookie essence. Medium-bodied yet packed full of complexity and layers, the wine splashes down on the palate with finesse, precision and persistence. Still spritely and youthful, flavors of sweet citrus and pastry cream continue to somersault across the palate with elegant oak tones, lingering long on the evolving finish. Another stunning Chardonnay from Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Bravo. Rating: 92+

Decanter (DCT) : 93 Points (2019)
A very fine Chardonnay produced in difficult circumstances given the fire/smoke issues in the Western Cape. Unlike the Pinot Noir, this has been produced with 100% estate fruit and is very successful. Bunches were pressed whole (rather than de-stemmed) to reduce any smoke taint risks. Very crisp on the palate with fine acidity and a touch of stoned fruit, this is concentrated, mineral and elegant. Very youthful, ideally give this another 12 months to blossom a bit more.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 91 Points (2018)
A substantial white, with a big profile. The acidity gives this energy, delivering plenty of zest to the ripe pear and blood orange flavors, framed by hints of cream, tarragon and nutmeg. The vibrant finish leaves a mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2025.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 90 Points (2018)
A shining golden-yellow color, this smells as rich as it looks, with assertive scents of ripe melon, peach preserves, orange oil and creamed corn. The palate is similarly rich and opulent, with more ripe stone-fruit and orange-oil flavors that are hit by a toasty, nutty overlay. There’s just enough acidity to keep it all from feeling too rich or overdone, with a lingering wood-spice note to the finish.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2017)
A really stylish white with white stones, dried apricots, white blossoms, lemon curd, jasmine and caramelized citrus peel. Medium to full body, some really nice phenolic texture, very zesty acidity and an pinpoint finish. Drink now. (6/2018)

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 93 Points (2017)
The 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.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 91 Points (2017)
The 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. (NM) (8/2018)

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WS
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Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2020 Reviewed by Tim Atkin 13-07-2021 . Score: 4