2017 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay

Year: 2017
Appellation: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Country: South Africa
Wine Spectator: 93
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$29.95
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2018 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #57

"Melon, yellow apple, white peach and quince flavors give this an opulent feel, harnessed by honeysuckle and quinine accents through the finish, showing refinement and length in the end. Drink now through 2021. -J.M" (WS)

"The 2017 Chardonnay was whole-bunch-pressed, destemmed and matured for nine months with partial malolactic and light b√Ętonnage, in around 30% new wood, of which 40% is not toasted. It has an attractive bouquet of yellow plum and a subtle patisserie scent, the oak neatly integrated. The palate is well balanced with slightly lower acidity than its peers, good depth, a slightly waxy texture and a touch of candied orange peel toward the finish. Enjoy this over the next five or six years, possibly longer." (VM)

"A really stylish white with white stones, dried apricots, white blossoms, lemon curd, jasmine and caramelized citrus peel. Medium to full body, some really nice phenolic texture, very zesty acidity and an pinpoint finish. Drink now." (JS)

"The 2017 Chardonnay is classy stuff all the way that's 100% varietal aged mostly in French oak, with small amounts brought up in foudre, ceramic eggs, and stainless steel. Orchard fruits, pineapple, and white flower notes all emerge from the glass. It's medium-bodied, beautifully textured, and seamless on the palate. With beautiful purity, vibrant, integrated acidity, and a great finish, it should keep for a decade or more." (JD)