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CHARDONNAY 2022 WO Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer HAMILTON RUSSELL
Bright medium-light straw colour. Intense, complex, maturing, toasty, spicy, ripe lemon meringue nose with some key lime and lots of cedar notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, slightly spicy, intense, grippy, ripe lemon meringue flavours and a lingering, lime-tinged, high acid, very toasty finish. Barrel aged for 9 months in 100% Francois Freres oak (23% new). It has 13.2% alcohol, 2 g/L residual sugar and a hefty 6.4 g/L total acidity. The recommended 2017 (***) was released on July 7, 2018 at $44.95. CSPC 931006
Type White Table Wine
Agent Tri Alt
Country South Africa
Rating ***(93 points)
Intense, Complex, Cedary, Key Lime
LCBO Text Status A Vintage Assessments Explorer's Selection!
TASTING NOTE: This is the Hamilton Russell flagship Chardonnay. It's grown in one of South Africa's most southerly estates in vineyards overlooking the ocean. The 2022 growing season encouraged particularly pronounced pear and lime atop the apple, smoke, plum, and saline minerality. A wine of purity and elegance that is drinking well now and will continue to delight through the early 2030s. Price $ 64.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - September 23, 2023
Cases bought 112 (6 bottles per case)

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