Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2007
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Producer: Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Region: Walker Bay
Country: South Africa
Hamilton Russell Vineyards – the most southerly wine estate in Africa and the closest to the sea – is located in the cool, maritime Walker Bay district, in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The estate specializes in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in the New World. "Our low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of under 30 hl/ha and our philosophy of expressing our terroir in our wines - give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of our Pinot noir. Our Pinot Noir is not overtly fruity, soft and 'sweet' and it generally shows hints of that alluring 'primal' character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume."