Located behind the old fishing village of Hermanus, is one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa, Hamilton Russell. The estate was purchased in 1975 by Tim Hamilton Russell and in 1991 his son, Anthony Hamilton Russell, took over and immediately narrowed their range down to only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This proved to be a masterstroke and made the Hemel-en-Aarde valley notorious for producing the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in SA. Under the guidance of then winemakers Kevin Grant and Hannes Storm, this was the first vintage to use only Dijon clones and is widely regarded by the Hamilton Russell team as an excellent vintage and the among their finest ever produced.
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‘Winemaker Hannes Storm believes that the 2001 Pinot Noir is the best vintage in recent years. It was the first to use only Dijon clones. It has an earthy, slightly mushroom-scented bouquet with smudged red berry fruit and peaty scents. The palate has quite pointed acidity, citric in the mouth with bright, brambly red fruit and a taut, peppery finish that is just turning the corner.’– Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (October 2014), 90/100
‘best to date’ set to be pipped by extraordinary 01, lifted by attention to detail, near-fanatical experimentation. World class, with perfume seldom seen outside Burgundy (spectrum moves through smoked meat, game, wood spice)’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2003, 4.5*