2019 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

Year: 2019
Appellation: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Country: South Africa
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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Winery Notes:
2019 will go down as the year of "the fire". A massive fire burned around Hamilton Russell Vineyards on January 11th, directly damaging 10% of our Pinot Noir and causing concerns over smoke taint. Careful advance measures, and separate extremely gentle vinifications have however enabled us to produce a fine, complex, and beautiful 2019, albeit in a much negligib le quantity. A great pity abou t the low production, as the year looks to be a truly great one for Pinot Noir.Fortunately the fire passed through very rapidly, reducing smoke exposure. Fire was not the only challenge. An unusually warm May, June, and July affected Chardonnay dormancy and, as a result, bud break was extremely uneven and in some cases incomplete. Our Chardonnay crop was 44% down, but the quality is excellent, with unusually slow ferments resultingin a generous texture with our typical bright minerality, stylistically somewhere between 2015 and 2018. Overall, the vintage was cooler than 2017 and even 2018, with an average maximum temperature for Dec, Jan, Feb, and Mar of 24.5 C° (77.7F°) (versus an equivalent long term average for Burgundy of 24.8 Centigrade for this period). Rainfall was lower than average for spring and during harvestbut occurred in frequent small amounts causing sustained high humidity. Fortunately our organic treatments proved highly effective against the resulting downey and powdery mildewthreat. And the day after harvest finished, the serious rains began - some luck at least! We had the highest March rainfall in 21 years. Despite record low production and several challenges, the 2019’s have a pure, refined beauty