(From 2011 Vintage) We call it the best “Meursault” that’s not grown in France! This is the “gold standard” for South African prestige wine. Those that know and understand fine South African wine are well aware of Hamilton Russell Estate wines. This chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented (French oak, of course), barrel aged expressing the unique terroir of the Hamel-en-Aarde valley 40 miles south of Cape Town and 2 miles from the ocean. Classic cool climate growing conditions.
Wine Spectator"Delightfully ripe, with Bosc and fig flavors backed by a hint of grilled hazelnut. Yet also stays focused and pure, with a Granny Smith note helping to stretch out the long, minerally finish. A touch tight now, it should blossom in the cellar. Drink now through 2009. 4,900 cases made."