Hamilton Russell's Chardonnay was the only South African wine served during a banquet dinner at Buckingham Palace honoring Nelson Mandela, and the same wine earned the highest score ever given to a South African white in Wine Spectator. Aged in oak, the style is Burgundian with some New World fleshiness thrown in and lots of minerality.
Tasting Notes: A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. 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.
Food Pairing Suggestion: Prawn bisque, chicken breast, frittata, cheese fondue, turkey.
Grape varieties: Chardonnay