Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2016
Hemel en Aarde Valley, Walker Bay, South Aftrica
‘Heaven on earth’ is the English translation of Hemel en Aarde, and this is certainly one of the most beautiful of South Africa’s wine regions—which, with the stiff competition, is saying something. The valley stretches inland from the coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale watching.
If you haven’t heard of Hemel en Aarde before, it is probably because this is a fairly new region. The current appellation names were only implemented as recently as 2006. Prior to this, the region was known by the name of Walker Bay. But in 2004, Walker Bay was promoted from Ward status to District. This left room for the designation of further Wards within the Walker Bay, and in 2006 two different Hemel en Aarde wards were named. In 2009 a third was added.
A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage.
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