Hamilton Russell Southern Right 2013 Pinotage
92.2% Pinotage, 4.4% Malbec, 2.3% Syrah, 1.1% Petit Verdot | Alc: 14% – Supple and Smooth
Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins and subtle wood spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa’s unique grape variety.
“The 2013 Pinotage had a relatively long hang time. There is clearly more intensity on the nose with focused black cherry and raspberry scents shooting from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, silky smooth in the mouth with wonderful acidity, crisp and focused with great tension and minerality (yes…even on a Pinotage!) toward the finish. This is about as good as this grape variety gets.” 92 Points – The Wine Advocate
“A ripe and stylish red, with polished edges and a core of blackberry, plum and anise flavors, backed by well-integrated toast. The solid finish features a nice graphite note. Well done for the varietal. Drink now through 2016.” 90 Points – Wine Spectator
“Pinot noir-like 13 reflection of its cooler, maritime climate. Lifted cherry notes, minerality enhanced by tiny splashes malbec, petit verdot. Fruiter, less grippy & readier than 12.” 4 Stars – Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2015
Tipsy Knitter Wines – Your Seattle based, online wine shop