Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013


Our low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of under 35 hl/ha and our philosophy of expressing our terroir in our wines – give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of our Pinot noir. Our Pinot noir is not overtly fruity, soft and “sweet” and it generally shows hints of that alluring savoury “primal” character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume.


variety : Pinot Noir | 100% Pinot Noir
winemaker : Hannes Storm
wine of origin : Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
analysis : alc : 13.97 % vol  rs : 2.76 g/l  pH : 3.43  ta : 5.94 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Mineral   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Soil: Low-vigour, stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil

2013 was a standout vintage with rich, generous, sumptuous wines displaying great depth of fruit and structure. The reds in particular benefited from the 2013 harvest conditions, with dark, complex fruit at moderate alcohol levels. A cold winter was followed by a cold wet spring almost up to flowering, while cool strong Southeasters with some rain during flowering and berry-set contributed to very low yields. In general bud-break was later than usual and for the first time Sauvignon blanc ripened before Pinot noir and Chardonnay. A drier, breezy December and January contributed to healthy disease free ripening. The average of the maximum temperatures for December, January, February and March was, at 25.33 Centigrade, a touch higher than our long-term average of 25 Centigrade – warmer than 2012, 2010 and 2009, but cooler than 2011.

about the harvest: Overall a later harvest and a harvest characterized by smooth logistics and excellent team work between cellar and vineyard.

in the cellar : 

Barrel Maturation 100%
Barrel Ageing 10 months
Malolactic 100%: 1st fill 39%  2nd fill 37% 3rd fill 24%
Wooding 100% 228 litre French Oak Barrels, Tight Grain 100% 
French Coopers:  Mercurey 50%, Francois Freres 38%, Billon 6%, Chassin 6%
Yield 2.49 tons/ha, 17.43 hl/ha  
Production 2600 x 12 cases

All Hamilton Russell Vineyards wines are grown, made, matured, bottled and labeled by Hamilton Russell Vineyards on the Hamilton Russell Vineyards Estate 

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