|Had to take this picture for Bear.|
|The tasting room|
|Hamilton Russell Chardonnay and Pinot Noir|
|Hamilton Russell Chardonnay|
This is the description of the wine from the website:
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.
The only thing I agree with in their description is that this wine was truly tight. So tight everything puckered, and I mean, everything. My cousin agreed with me and I should have probably taken a second sip, but I was still dealing with the pucker issue. The cost of the Chardonnay at the current exchange rate is $38.25.
Next up was the Pinot Noir. We were excited to try South Africa's best. The wine hostess poured the wine and left us to our own devices.
|Hamilton Russell 2010 Pinot Noir|
Our low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of under 30 hl/ha and our philosophy of expressing our terroir in our wines – give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of our Pinot noir. Our Pinot noir is not overtly fruity, soft and “sweet” and it generally shows hints of that alluring savoury “primal” character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume.
The 'primal' character is the only thing I agree with. I think I tasted the same funk when some one served me elk and told me they made the best! This was a huge disappointment. I have tasted better Pinot Noir's at Trader Joes.
|Mango looking stones at the end of the vines.|
We drove out the driveway and turned right. Our day was about to get better.