2022 Hamilton Russell, Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2022 Hamilton Russell, Chardonnay, 6x750ml

Availability: 4 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £140.00

Critics Score: 17

Publication: Jancis Robinson MW

Drinking Dates: 2023-2028

Fermented 50% in 228-litre, 50% in 300-litre François Frères barrels. Aged nine months in 23% new barrels. Ambient yeast and their own, commercially available, Sauvage strain. More nose than most Hemel Chardonnays. Almost opulent! Rich start and then very fresh with some salinity and lots of impact on the palate. Lemon cream, with light chewiness but not aggressively so.
The timing of our 2022 harvest was similar to 2021, but a touch later than average, and our average of the maximum temperatures for the 4 crucial months leading up to and during harvest was 25.18 centigrade, higher than our long-term average of 24.63 centigrade and higher than 2021. While ripening was slow and extended, harvest was fortunately complete before the first rains in early March. The preceding Winter was our wettest in 24 years and was followed by a slightly wetter than average bud break to veraison period, but with an unusually (and usefully) dry September facilitating healthy, even budding. Apart from cold, wet, early season clay-rich soils inhibiting shoot growth, and a few late season heat spikes creating the potential for sunburn, the vintage proceeded smoothly and delivered beautiful, pure, generously textured wines. Yields, as always, were low, with Chardonnay coming in at 3,87t/ha (24hl/ha) and Pinot noir at 2,49t/ha (16,18hl/ha).