2018 Chardonnay, Hamilton Russell, Walker Bay

Notes of ripe Granny Smith apple, with some ginger and also some fresh hazelnuts. Nicely poised palate, with fine acidity and plenty of texture. Very good.

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  • Region & country
    Walker Bay, Self-Contained Districts, South Africa
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2025
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
2018 Chardonnay, Hamilton Russell, Walker Bay


The crop was tiny in 2018 - half of the normal yield, according to Emul Ross - but the quality and style of this celebrated Chardonnay is as good as ever. Fermented in amphorae and 29% new oak barrels, with 40% malolactic, it's elegant, savoury and oatmealy. Citrus rather than stone fruit flavours predominate on the palate.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
Hamilton Russell

Championed as the Burgundy of South Africa, Hamilton Russell vineyards occupy one of the most Southern estates in Africa. Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has a cool, maritime climate which delivers the perfect conditions for wonderfully austere and understated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Anthony Hamilton Russell and his wife Olive produce wonderful terroir-driven wines that are not afraid to challenge their Burgundian rivals. In addition to this estate, Anthony Hamilton Russell also owns the Ashbourne and Southern Right estates. The Ashbourne estate is best known for its Pinotage which is critically acclaimed to be the best Pinotage in the world. Whereas the Southern Right estate is a tiny appellation, best known for its wonderfully aromatic and fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc.

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