Dinner with South African trailblazer, Anthony Hamilton Russell: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Dinner with South African trailblazer, Anthony Hamilton Russell: Wednesday 31st October 2018


When we had the opportunity to sit down to dinner with Anthony Hamilton Russell, of the pioneering family producing some of the best examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in South Africa, we couldn’t say no. Naturally, we asked if a few of our beloved customers could join, and were delighted when he (and his wife Olive) readily agreed.

Anthony’s father, Tim Hamilton Russell, was a trailblazer in South Africa. Buying 170 hectares of prime land in the cool climate Hemel-en-Aarde in 1975, he secured the ultimate land for terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Anthony took the helm in 1991, buying the property by 1994. That same year, he established Southern Right, 448 hectares devoted to Pinotage. In 1996, he then acquired the 64 hectare property Ashbourne, named after his great, great grandfather Lord Ashbourne who was Lord Chancellor of Ireland in the late 1800s. With prime land in three spots across the top region for Pinot and Chardonnay, he remains a trailblazer in South Africa - and indeed, the New World.

Dinner will be an intimate opportunity to get to know Anthony and Olive whilst tasting wines selected to highlight the estate’s strengths.

Date:Wednesday, 31st October 2018
Time:Welcome drinks from 7 pm
Location:Serge et le Phoque, 20-21 Newman St, London, W1T 1PG
Closest stations: Goodge Street


Three course menu, designed for the wines.

Vegetarian options are available. Please let us know any dietary restrictions on booking.


  • Bollinger La Grande Année 2007 in magnum
  • Southern Right Sauvignon blanc 2018
  • Ashbourne Sauvignon blanc Chardonnay 2018
  • Exploring how they build complexity in a Sauvignon Blanc-based wine
  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017
  • Ashbourne Pinotage 2015
  • Anthony would talk about the two different varieties, Pinot Noir from Hemel-en-Aarde and Anthony’s goal of making premium Pinotage
  • Cheese
  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
  • The Hamilton Russells prefer to match their Chardonnay with cheese instead of their reds.

Places are strictly limited to fifteen guests.

Please note that no physical tickets will be issued for this event. We will have a guestlist at the door.

In the event of cancellation, full refunds will only be given if we are notified at least seven days before the date of the tasting. Should you need to cancel closer to the date, we’ll make every effort to resell the ticket on your behalf and grant a refund.

It may, on rare occasions, be necessary to substitute any of the wines advertised for wine of a similar or better quality.

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