White

2012 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Chardonnay

  • South Africa
  • Cape South Coast
  • Walker Bay
  • Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 116

  • nicktr Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 30, 2022 - Très bien fait boisé agréable, vin de gastronomie plateau atteint pas encore de déclin toujours bon après 48 heures
    moins de gras qu'un Meursault

  • Bosbevok Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 29, 2021 - Aging nicely after 10 years with a clear apple juice like colour. Honeydew and toasted brioche on the nose. Some red apples on the tail end. In the mouth the wine is Chablis like, which is unusual for South African Chardonnay, more of a stalky Chardonnay rather than it’s Californian Oaked cousins. Tastes like lees-on. Dried apricots and pineapples on the palate. The back of the mouth shows decidedly citrus/lemon flavour coating the mouth and lasting a while. Excellent balance and a little closed at first. Very good, the best Chardonnay and most iconic from South Africa.

  • JSSwift1 wrote:

    June 4, 2021 - Way past prime. Not drinkable

  • VinoDan Likes this wine: 89 points

    May 20, 2020 - No sulfur. Rather good with some aged Gouda. Slightly sweeter than 5 years ago, with just a hint of a bitter aftertaste.

  • rikipedia wrote: 85 points

    April 4, 2020 - Deep gold to bronze edges
    Again some notable evolution with savoury, wet chalk, minerals, honey and almond.
    A lovely entry with piercing acid on the palate, with tertiary notes and some richness.
    It is a well-made wine with a medium to long finish, there is a creeping honey note that detracts, but I enjoyed the acid keeping it all alive. Arguably seen better days but great to see how this eight-year-old wine was sitting.

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  • By Michael Godel
    7/4/2014 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/5/2014 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/23/2013 (link) 91 points

    (Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay) Light yellow color; appealing, white jasmine, almond, pear nose; medium bodied, white jasmine, almond, ripe pear palate; could use 1 year; medium-plus finish 91+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type White
  • Producer Hamilton Russell Vineyards
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country South Africa
  • Region Cape South Coast
  • SubRegion Walker Bay
  • Appellation Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
  • UPC Codes 089419181029, 6002525000255

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 345 (22%)
  • Consumed 1,223 (78%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

baked Caribbean rubbed hake with sumac fennel, Cod with egg-and-butter sauce, Coniglio mit Safranrisotto, Risotto fruits de mer

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