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2014 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir "Hemel en Aarde"

Winery: Hamilton Russell

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Hemel en Aarde"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Hemel en Aarde

State or country: South Africa

Price: $48

Cases produced: 3,239

KWG Score: 92 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: September 17, 2015

Wine Review: This ruby colored Pinot Noir from South Africa opens with fragrant raspberry and boysenberry bouquet with hints of black licorice and faint cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is blackberry with notes of green olive and mild smoky oak. I also detected hints of strawberry licorice and cherry-cola as well in the end. The finish is dry and its flavors fade away nicely. This Pinot would pair well with Emeril's roast pheasant. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: 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.

Organic status: not organic

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