2015 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Elsewhere $30+)
Rippling with tension, featuring Jonagold apple, white peach, mirabelle plum and honeysuckle notes coiled at the core. Citrus oil- and mineral-edged finish. Best from 2017 through 2022.
Creamy and complex, with aromas of lemon biscuit and white citrus laced by a gravelly, mineral thread. Seamless and smooth on the palate, filled with pithy lemon, a bright acidity and a lovely, saline finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Hamilton Russell is one of South Africa’s premier estates and both their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have enjoyed a loyal following for good reason...exemplary Chardonnay [...] effortlessly straddles Old World and New World, thanks to both the microclimate and terroir of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and the talent in the winery. (2015 not yet rated)
Serious Chardonnay from South Africa--the previous eight vintages that were reviewed in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate all scored 92-94 points!