2019 Hamilton Russell Walker Bay Pinot Noir

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay, South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir
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91 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2021
95 points, Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, 2020 report
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Media Reviews

Neal Martin

The 2019 Pinot Noir is Walker Bay in terms of Wine of Origin rather than Hemel-en-Aarde, since much of their Pinot Noir was rejected after wildfires tainted the fruit. The majority of fruit was sourced from benevolent growers in the valley, and completely destemmed but not crushed, then matured in 24% new French oak. This has an open, quite herbal bouquet of vibrant red and black fruit, underlying sous-bois notes coming through with aeration. The well-balanced palate offers fine-grained tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Open and expressive, with a pinch of black pepper on the cohesive finish. Given the trauma suffered this vintage, this should be considered a success, not least because it still seems to bear the imprimatur of Hamilton Russell. 91 points

Tim Atkin MW

Made with 84% purchased fruit because of the fire in Hamilton Russell`s own vineyards, this is a cuvée of the three Hemel-en-Aarde Valley sub-regions, and all the better for it. A one-off it may be, but it`s less earthy and backward than the estate`s normal style, combining fragrance elegance with racy red berry fruit, some clove spice, supporting tannins and stylish oak. 95 points

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