Read Decanter's tasting note for Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa 2014, which won a gold medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa 2014
Arguably the most faithfully Burgundian-styled Chardonnay tasted on my trip. Yet it speaks as much of Hemel en Aarde’s cool climate as it does of Beaune.
Exquisitely crafted by winemaker Emul Ross, this tinglingly fresh and elegant Chardonnay also won a DWWA Gold this year. Lovely mouthfeel, linear, with melon, hazelnut, struck match, this is utterly compelling and a joy to drink.
Taster John Stimpfig
Tasted in South Africa in September 2015