2016 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

Year: 2016
Appellation: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Country: South Africa
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Tightly focused, with a lovely beam of red currant, raspberry and bitter cherry coulis flavors racing through, enhanced by a bright iron note and backed by a long, floral-edged finish. Best from 2018 through 2023. 3,614 cases made.–JM" (WS)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir is the latest release from the estate for 2017. It was the second organic vintage in an initially dry season, rain towards the end. It has low conversion rate of alcohol compared to the 2015, the final figure 13.87%. "It was a challenging vintage," commented Anthony Hamilton-Russell, "due to oidium scares. Stylistically, I don't think it will have the same mass appeal as the 2015." It has a tightly wound bouquet with certainly darker fruit than the 2015, a touch of fennel and cooked Italian meat in the background. The palate is well balanced with sappy red berry fruit, more structured than the 2014 with a dash of black pepper on the linear finish. It deserves 3-4 years in bottle." (WA)

"(13.5% alcohol; 39% new oak): Inviting bright red. Complex, musky, woodsy scents of dark cherry, raspberry, licorice, flowers, herbs and spicy underbrush; this has the soil complexity and light touch of a top Burgundy. Wonderfully brisk, dry, mineral-driven flavors of dark fruits, spices and herbs. Still a bit youthfully austere, saline and dominated by its acid/tannin structure but even today there's nothing out of place and the wine's seamless texture is utterly refined. Needs time in bottle to blossom, but I suspect this savory, tight-grained Pinot will last a long time. Boasts rare energy and subtle grip for South African Pinot Noir. Turned much more salty with 48 hours in the recorked bottle without losing its verve." (VM)

"A brooding pinot that shows delicious strawberries, cherries, crab apples and undertones of herbs, stones and orange peel. Cedar too. Medium body, fine-grained and juicy tannins and a long, almond-like finish. Wonderful stuff. Drink now and enjoy." (JS)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir is also incredibly high-quality. Black cherries, smoked earth, herbs, and forest floor notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, vibrant, beautifully balanced red. With fine tannin and a great finish, it will be better in another 2-3 years and keep for a decade." (JD)