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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Chardonnay Walker Bay South Africa 2013 "Unusually prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage." Wine Spectator: 93 points Gorgeous, with Jonagold apple and white peach fruit at the core, flanked by mirabelle plum, honeysuckle and heather notes. The long finish ripples with minerality as the fruit drapes beautifully. Should cellar well. Drink now through 2019. 1,750 cases imported. –JM The Wine Advocate: 92 points The 2013 Chardonnay was raised in 33% new French oak and second- and third-fill with around 70% going through malolactic fermentation. There was a high malic acid at time of picking and this has retained the freshness in bottle. It has quite a rich nose, richer than I was expecting with scents of honeysuckle, white peach and fresh pear notes. The palate is very well-balanced and more linear than the nose augurs. There is good depth here: notes of dried honey, nutmeg and pear, later quince entering in the closing stages. Quite mercurial in the glass, this Chardonnay is an intriguing prospect given a couple of years in bottle. Chardonnay pairs well with poultry dishes, pork dishes, shellfish, and soft cheeses.