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2008 Hamilton Russell - Pinot Noir - Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir - South Africa - Western Cape - Walker Bay - Red

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South Africa - Western Cape - Walker Bay

Red Pinot Noir
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Hamilton Russell is located in the cool, maritime climate of the Walker Bay appellation in a valley adjacent to the old fishing village of Hermanus. The elegant, individualistic Chardonnays and Pinots owe their stunning style to the stony, shale-laden, clay-enriched soils of the estate, as well as the brilliant direction of winemaker Hannes Storm and winery owner Anthony Hamilton Russell.... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2012 VF: 2009-2018

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 155
Author Thierry27
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.129%
Tasted On 05/21/2012

Not of the same level than the others, a complicated year apparently. More feminine, less complex.

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Author brianvirgin
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 27.778%
Tasted On 03/22/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2012
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Author lordotheporto
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/25/2010

Nice pinot noir. Wonderful bouquet. Medium body. Strawberries, distinct pinot flavor. Not as good as the 2007. A bit too much tartness/tanginess, even after 4 hours of air. Tasted again after 24 hours. Improved: less harsh. Tasted again after 48 hours. Even better, smoother. This wine definitely needs to be decanted and spend some time with air before drinking.

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