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2008 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir Walker Bay
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88? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

Moderately saturated medium red.  Very reduced nose offers soil-driven dried rose, smoky minerality and tar, along with leather and musky bonfire notes.  Silky on entry, then edgy in the middle, displaying limited fruit ripeness to its flavors of smoke, earth and herbs.  Turned a bit more gamey with aeration and showed a whiff of burning asphalt without really losing its reductive character.  A second bottle was similar.  Disappointing for this wine, which in the best years can be South Africa's top pinot.

86 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About South Africa

South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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