Quite spicy on the nose with great depth. There's not a massive amount of fruit on the palate, a bit more masculine, leaner than the 2006, mineral, still quite powerful, again great length. Drinking well, but should hold up for a while. 91-93
Not quite the "Heaven on Earth" potential I remembered from earlier bottles. Shortly after release, we tried a bottle and our faces were nearly ripped off with the intense black fruit/tannin/acidity--which is exactly what you want to find in an age-worthy wine upon release. We expressed our shame at having committed infanticide, and quietly went about purchasing all the rest of the bottles as this seemed like an in-the-bag home run come 5-7 years of cellaring. So, I just opened the first of the 2 I have left. I was very disappointed to not recognize any of the multi-layered character of that early bottle. It just seemed a bit hard, lackluster, no delicious fruit, no mouthwatering acidity. Just kind of "okay" and definitely hinting at having reached an age past which was its prime. I will not wait too long to open my last bottle, but I really hope this was just a bottle anomaly. It seemed to hold such perfection in its youth.
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(Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir Estate, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley) Produced from Dijon clone 115, aged 10 months in 1-, 2-, and 3-year-old French oak. Medium ruby in color, with blue-purple tones. The ripe, spicy, floral nose is dominated by bold black- cherry and cranberry fruit. Bright acidity lifts the texture, while earthy spice adds depth. South Africa's Coastal Districts on the Rise
(Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir) Medium dark cherry red color; good, focused, smoky, tart cherry, sous bois and mineral nose; tart cherry, black cherry and mineral palate with good acidity, elegant tannins, needs a couple of years; medium tart finish
(Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir) Light medium garnet red color; cinnamon, clove, tart cherry, black cherry and earth nose; silky, good tart cherry, cinnamon and minerals palate, needs a couple years; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
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