Walker Bay Hamilton Russell Ashbourne
2007 Hamilton Russell Ashbourne – 90 Points Wine Advocate – “Much better is the 2007 Pinotage that is blended with 10% Bordeaux varietals and is graced with a lifted dark plum and damson-scented bouquet. The palate has fine tannins and fresh dark berry and damson tinged fruit with good acidity and freshness on the finish. This is a very fine Pinotage built with propensity to age. Drink 2012-2017.”
91 Points Wine Spectator – “Features loganberry and mulled blueberry fruit mixed with a brambly structure and echoes of mint, sage and anise through the finish. Broad, with fine acidity buried for balance. Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.”
Walker Bay wine history starts with Hamilton Russell, when Tim Hamilton Russell founded his winery in 1979. At that time, the wine industry was ruled by a quota system for production, and the early vintages of Hamilton Russell were made in a, shall we say, slightly clandestine manner, sourcing fruit from what are now the estate’s vineyards, though at the time were not “legal.”
Today the winery is one of the most recognized brands in the U.S. market, and rightfully so, as it has become the flag bearer for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from South Africa. Tim’s son, Anthony Hamilton Russell, now runs the estate, zipping down from his house on his favorite motorcycle to the winery which sits at the bottom of the slope.