Hamilton Russell Vineyards has achieved its highest position ever on the prestigious Wine Spectator Top 100 list as well as being the only South African wine to make this year’s ranking. Consistently producing some of the finest Chardonnay in the New World, Hamilton Russell retains its trademark classic Burgundian edge. With Burgundy of comparable quality costing up to 3 times the price, this limited parcel offers exceptional value.
The HRV Chardonnay 2015 has garnered a vast amount of local and international praise, including a Platter’s 5-star and 95 points in Tim Atkin’s 2016 South Africa Report. The 2015 Chardonnay can now add 11th place on this year’s Wine Spectator Top 100 list to its growing inventory of accolades.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Chardonnay 2015
Why change a winning formula? Emul Ross’s first vintage at Hamilton Russell continues the stellar work of his predecessors with Chardonnay. Leesy, spicy, yet focused, this is a beautifully balanced organic wine with mealy undertones and layer upon layer of complexity. The oak is appealingly understated. Drink: 2016-22. – Tim Atkin MW, 95/100
Subtle differences see 2015 a tad richer, more open initially than usual in this SA classic’s youth; limy vivacity, oatmeal layers more recognizable traits. Partial oaking (33% new) allows tension and tautness to maintain their roles on lingering conclusion. – Platter’s Wine Guide 2017, 5 stars
Ripe and rippling with tension, featuring Jonagold apple, white peach, mirabelle plum and honeysuckle notes coiled at the core. Accents of heather and hazelnut extend slowly through the citrus oil and mineral-edged finish. Best from 2017 through 2022. – James Molesworth, 94/100
Two top vintages of HRV Chard. 14 really showing well, but 2015 has an extra gear. 94 @WineSpectator on the money. – Roland Peens (July 2016)