Category: South Africa
Size: 750 ml
Brand: Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Region: Hemel en Aarde
Style: White Wine
• Tanzer 92 point Chardonnay under $25
• "hypothetical blend of Chassagne and Meursault"!
The review from Stephen Tanzer intrigued us. He is generally a more conservative critic when it comes to scores and reviews. So, when he rated this Chardonnay under $30 from South Africa 92 points and called it a "hypothetical blend of Chassagne and Meursault," we had to check out exactly what he was talking about.
We did some research on Tanzer's reviews of Chardonnays that retail under $30. He has reviewed over 1400 Chardonnays from all over the world in this price range and have rated only 38 of them 92 points or higher which included 4 different vintages of the Hamilton Russell Chardonnay including the 2008!
Long story short. We bought everything we could find on the 2008 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay. Buy a bottle so you can be blown away by this amazing South African Chardonnay that drinks more like a cross between a fine White Burgundy and a rich, explosive California chardonnay and at a reasonable price tag of $23.99!
Stephen Tanzer 92 points
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Wine Spectator 90 Points
Ripe and stylish, with melon, ginger, yellow apple and pear flavors that glide over well-embedded acidity. There's a lingering whiff of grilled hazelnut on the rich finish. Not quite as dense as the 2007, but still outstanding. Drink now through 2010. 4,880 cases made.–JM
International Wine Cellar 92 Points
Bright yellow with a golden tinge; much lighter than the 2007. Sexy, highly nuanced nose combines white peach, pineapple, iodiney minerality, musky ginger and leesy nuances, all lifted by a floral topnote; like a hypothetical blend of Meursault and Chassagne. Densely packed, brisk and deep, with lovely racy acidity and a rocky element giving a light touch and impressive energy to the flavors of citrus and stone fruits, nutmeg and minerals. Finishes very subtle and very long, with excellent grip. This has all the elements to please the Burgundy lover-and all in an understated way.
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