Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2016
Hamilton Russell Vineyards was founded by Tim Hamilton Russell in 1975. Years of soil research have delimited the 128 acres of stony, clay-rich, Bokkeveld shale-derived soils which afford the highest levels of individuality and expression of origin in their wines. Experience has shown that their terroir is best reflected through Pinot noir and Chardonnay, so they produce wines exclusively with these two varietals. All their wines are grown, made, matured, bottled, and labeled by their team on the estate. This Chardonnay is made from naturally low-yielding vines grown on maritime-influenced, northeast-facing, stony, clay-rich slopes. All grapes are selectively hand-harvested at optimal ripeness and traditionally vinified with minimal handling, to express both their origin and the character of the vintage. A tight, mineral wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity - it is elegant, yet textured and intense with a strong personality of both place and vintage.
Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavors are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality.