We poured the wine into a decanted, served the first glass immediately and followed the wine over a period of three hours. It offered cherry, bacon fat, smoke, a hint of chocolate, spices, vegetal notes and autumn leaves on the nose. On the palate the wine showed dark cherry, cranberry, smoke, hints of coffee and chocolate, some vegetal notes and medium-level spiciness, paired with medium-level slightly pungent acidity, medium-level well-integrated tannin, a good, medium rich mouthfeel and very good length. A solid, medium-bodied, medium-complex, balanced Pinot Noir that showed good potential for further development over the next 5+ years. 89+
Shared with Lionel and Rachel at our old haunt outside Bottles & Bottles. This wine has really come around from the since the bottle we carted back from South Africa four years ago. Tonight, it was a very good example of New World Pinot. It had a rather Burgundian nose in fact. Gone were the strange antiseptic and burnt rubber notes from its youth. In its place, there very old world earthy, meaty tones, but also a riper, sunnier expression of dark cherries sprinkled with lots of spice. Close your eyes though, and this could well be a young Burgundy from a ripe vintage with that bouquet. The palate was not to far from the Cote d'or either, with yummy dark cherries and berry flavours, a little bramble and spice, all couched in nice acidity and fine, well-structured tannins. This had really good depth and nice juicy balance all round, a decent finish too with a nice earthy ring to it. There was just a bit of sunny sweetness here, but otherwise this could easily be a decent 1er Cru. Still young, quite straightforward, but very nice. I am tempted to load up on a few bottles to see how they age in the coming 4-5 years.
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(Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Valley) 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 Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Valley) 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.
(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
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