2022 Hamilton Russell, Pinot Noir, 6x750ml

2022 Hamilton Russell, Pinot Noir, 6x750ml

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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £165.00

Critics Score: 16.5

Publication: Jancis Robinson MW

Drinking Dates: 2024-2030

Organically farmed until 2022 but disease pressure forced them to abandon this. 8% whole bunch. Aged 10 months in François Frères burgundy barrels (36% new). Ambient yeast and their own, commercially available, Sauvage strain. Mainly 115, plus 113 and 667 clones (777 rots too easily this close to the ocean, apparently). Since 2021 they have worked with more clarification pre barrel to reduce reduction ‘which is not understood on the SA market’, according to Albrecht. He also makes wine for Hamilton Russell at Zena Crown in Oregon, where he can press directly into barrel and there’s no reduction. Mid to pale ruby. Quite ambitious, restrained nose. Slight perception of spritz on the palate and a little stern, definitely dry, on the end. Fine tannins.
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).