Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018
|Region||South Africa, Walker Bay|
There's a spicy character to the nose of this robust red, with notes of clove and whole peppercorn riding atop the crunchy cranberry, rhubarb and currant fruit profile. The palate is tense and sprightly in feel, with more of the same bright red fruit flavors, ample acidity and a moderate tannic structure that suggests this would benefit from some time to further mature and harmonize. The medium-length finish offers plenty of tannic grip and fruit-skin flavors. Enjoy through 2028.
A modern, well-crafted version, showing good harmony overall and a seductive palate, exhibiting dark cherry flavors and hints of clove and vanilla, while mineral and floral accents take the back seat. Solid finish. Best from 2021 through 2027. 2,438 cases made, 800 cases imported.
The 2018 Pinot Noir spent 10 months in barrel with 35% new oak. It has a perfumed, quite floral nose of brambly red fruit infused with pressed rose petals, although it is not quite as delineated as other recent vintages that I have encountered. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that frame the mulberry and crushed strawberry fruit, and tertiary notes plus a touch of white pepper toward the gentle finish. It should drink well with just a year in bottle and then continue on to give a decade of pleasure.