Hamilton Russell Vineyards Hemel-en-Aarde Chardonnay 2010 94+ Points
Clear, day bright, pale straw with green reflections.
Clean, high intensity, citrus, yellow lemon, tangerine, green pineapples, ripe honey dew melon, intense minerality, expert oaking, subtle, lending light toast, fresh bakery, slight vanilla and unsalted butter, complex and multi layered.
Dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%) brush of tannin, oak derived, linear, juicy citrus fruit, grilled nuts follows through, precise and chiseled, crunchy minerals, high complexity and long length.
Embryonic, need +/- 4 years to integrate, best revisited in 2016, if you can resist, will developed until 2024 and shall drink well if cellared properly until 2035+
On a par with the great 2008 (93 Points), yet have the x factor akin to a super Corton Charlemagne, at a quarter the price!
This is precision winemaking at the highest level, respect of fruit, purity, capturing terroir expression at it’s fullest.
Without a doubt one of the world’s top 25 Chardonnay’s, including top Burgundies.