South Africa’s 2010 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

| February 16, 2013

Pinot Noir, considered by some to be the best red wine in the world originated in the Burgundy region of France. Pinot Noir is one of the wines used to create traditional French champagne, but it is also a wine that  stands alone and is extremely food friendly.

It has been in South Africa for many years, and was one of the two vines crossed to produce Pinotage, the country's unique blend.

The Pinot Noir grape has become very popular in South Africa as well as in the US. Growers find it difficult to work with, but revel in the end result since Pinot Noir's  sensitivity to soil and weather allows it incorporate all the notes that make it a delicious and romantic wine.

Today we are highlighting a South African 2010 Pinot Noir from Hamilton Russell, one of South Africa's top estates. This Pinot Noir that has been aged in oak for 10 months has a fruity quality of strawberry, cranberry and red current with subtle notes of fine tannins and an exuberant finish. The acidity gives it balance.  Drink it now through 2020.

The Hamilton Russell 2010 Pinot Noir garnered 95 Points from Robert Parker and 92 Points from Wine Spectator, They both agree that Hamilton Russell in South Africa is "unbelievably sophisticated and flat-out exceptional." Although a splurge for some  at $30, the wine is still a great buy!

Pinot Noir is food's "soul mate" and this wine pairs beautifully with poultry, shellfish , pork and filet mignon. If you are having the wine with a cheese platter, pair creamy St. Augur, Castello, Gorgonzolla, Parmesan, Dutch/Gouda and  Brie. Enjoy!


Charlotte Goldblatt