2010 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir "Hemel en Aarde"
Winery: Hamilton Russell
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Hemel en Aarde"
Wine Category: Pinot Noir
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Hemel en Aarde
State or country: South Africa
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
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