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2012 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
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93(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

Good full yellow.  Wonderfully complex aromas of pear, wild herbs, sweet butter, smoke and tropical fruits; showed an iodiney minerality with air.  Concentrated and harmonious but firm-edged, with brisk lemony acidity framing the very youthful flavors of stone fruits and minerals.  Conveys a powerful impression of intensity without weight, like the best white Burgundies.  Very young but smooth on the long, peach aftertaste.  Outstanding potential here for a chardonnay that is often South Africa's best.

93 Points | Wine Spectator

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Very enjoyable
03/16/2014
by CabernetFranc381221
While not a big chardonnay consumer I found this wine to be very very good. I read about chardonnays having either buttery flavors or citrus flavors; this wine seemed to give me both, a lemon butter finish that paired beautifully with my shrimp scampi. Will buy this one again!

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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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Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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