Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2020

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2020


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Hamilton Russell
Pinot Noir 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : South Africa
  • Region : Walker Bay
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Fruity Medium Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,8°
  • Grappes : 100% Pinot Noir

Rank #29 in Wine Spectator Top 100 2014 !

Experts Score Vintage
TA Tim Atkin 95 2019
RP Robert Parker 90 2019
WS Wine Spectator 90 2018
JS James Suckling 93 2017
WE Wine Enthusiast 92 2017
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 90 2017
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Aromas of raspberry, cherry and plum fruit on the nose with subtle hints of oak develop into a deeper more complex, earthy, mushroom character with bottle age.

This Pinot noir is not overtly fruity and “sweet” but shows hints of that alluring savoury “primal” character along with dark, spicy, complex fruit flavours.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 95 Points (2019)
Made with 84% purchased fruit because of the fire in Hamilton Russell’s own vineyards, this is a cuvée of the three Hemel-en-Aarde Valley sub-regions, and all the better for it. A one-off it may be, but it’s less earthy and backward than the estate’s normal style, combining fragrance elegance with racy red berry fruit, some clove spice, supporting tannins and stylish oak.

Robert Parker (RP) : 90 Points (2019)
Before I begin my tasting note, I'd like to quickly focus on what Hamilton Russell has written on the back of their 2019 Pinot Noir label. While wildfires are not an uncommon occurrence for South Africa, it is refreshing to see such high integrity and transparency as Hamilton Russell has displayed in a challenging situation. Bottled as Walker Bay wine of origin, they had to reject almost all of their Pinot Noir vineyard fruit due to a wildfire. The estate stands to gain more trust and brand loyalty from their followers from the decision to be completely open and transparent about what happened to them and their Pinot Noir in 2019. I wish more of the world were as honest and transparent as Hamilton Russell has demonstrated to every consumer of this vintage. I don't know everything there is to know about building brand loyalty, but I am confident that the first chapter of that playbook begins with what Hamilton Russell has written on the back of this particular bottling.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 90 Points (2018)
A modern, well-crafted version, showing good harmony overall and a seductive palate, exhibiting dark cherry flavors and hints of clove and vanilla, while mineral and floral accents take the back seat. Solid finish. 

James Suckling (JS) : 93 Points (2017)
Fresh red cherries, blueberries, rose petals, stems, nutmeg, licorice and spice box. Medium to full body, refined tannins, savory undertones and a caressing finish. Lovely tension to this. So refined and elegant.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 92 Points (2017)
Pronounced aromas of mentholated herbs and fynbos dance on the nose of this excellent wine, with supporting tones of forest floor, tilled soil, red currant and cherry. Medium in weight and plush in feel, it offers framing tannins that lend a solid grip to the palate and finish, while a kiss of warming spice graces the close. Well balanced and structured, it's attractive now, but will mature well through 2029.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 90 Points (2017)
The 2017 Pinot Noir, which includes 12% whole bunches, matured for 10 months in 37% new oak (François Frères). It has a light red currant and cranberry bouquet with just a hint of rooibos in the background, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin, crisp tart red cherry mixed with raspberry fruit and a nicely structured finish. Fine.

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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2020 Reviewed by Tim Atkin 13-07-2021 . Score: 4