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Chardonnay

A tight, mineral wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. 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.

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  • Soil: Low-vigour, stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil

 

  • Alcohol: 12.90%
  • Acid: 6.90 g/l
  • pH: 3.45
  • Residual Sugar: 2.20 g/l

 

  • Barrel Ageing: 9 Months

 

  • Wooding: 100% 228 liter French Oak Barrels
  • Barrel Fermentation: 95%
  • Foudre: 5%
  • Tight Grain: 100%

 

  • 1st fill: 24%
  • 2nd fill: 23%
  • 3rd fill: 36%
  • 4th fill: 17%

 

  • Blonde Toast: 48%
  • Medium Toast: 46%
  • Medium Long Toast: 6%

 

  • French Coopers: Francois Freres 100%

 

  • Yield: 2.68 tons/ha, 16.9 hl/ha
  • Production: 4293 cases of 12 bottles equivalent

 

  • Release date – January 2021

 

  • Vegan Friendly
Growing Season

Harvest was a touch earlier than usual, beginning in the first week of February. Budding was even and complete, helped by a fortuitous two days over 30 Centigrade in mid-September. The weather at flowering was benign, if a little wet. Ripening was a touch uneven. Overall the year was wetter than the previous few years (with a total annual rainfall of 849mm for calendar year 2019). A particularly wetter than average October and January created downy mildew pressures, which became odium and later botrytis pressures, not helped by high humidity and early morning dew. These were however satisfactorily held at bay with organic treatments.  The average maximum temperatures for Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar were exactly equal to our long-term average of 25 Centigrade (the long-term equivalent for Burgundy for Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep is 24.8 Centigrade), so on our measure, the vintage was cooler than 2019 and equal to the celebrated 2009 and 2015 vintages. A standout feature of the 2020 vintage was phenolic ripeness at lower alcohol than usual, combined with low sugar to alcohol conversions for the fermentations. A highly positive situation. Yields were, as always, very low. Pinot noir came in at 3.32 tons/ha (21,5 hl/ha) and Chardonnay came in even lower at 2.68 tons/ha (16.9 hl/ha). The wines have a marked elegance, mineral purity and saline quality. A very exciting outcome despite weather challenges.

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan Ray, The Spectator

The 2020 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay is lip-smackingly fine. Aged for nine months in French oak, it’s resolutely Burgundian in style — though far from an imitation — with citrus, ripe white stone fruit, butter and even a hint of oyster shell on the nose. It’s beautifully textured, elegant and stylish and is a wine to tuck away and savour.