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2010 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir "Hemel en Aarde"

Winery: Hamilton Russell

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Hemel en Aarde"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Hemel en Aarde

State or country: South Africa

Price: $44

Cases produced: 1,000

KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: September 28, 2012

Wine Review: This Pinot Noir from South Africa is consistently the leading Pinot from that country. The 2010 is ruby red colored and opens with a strawberry and mild old oak bouquet. The flavor profile is a very tasty smoky oak infused plum with a hint of mild anise. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are rather sticky for a Pinot. I would pair this Old-World styled Pinot with sage and thyme seasoned pork tenderloin. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: 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.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Hamilton Russell 2010 Pinot Noir.

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