Tim Hamilton Russell founded Hamilton Russell Vineyards in 1975 when he purchased a 170 hectare undeveloped property in Hemel-en-Aarde and turned it into one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa. He was one of the trailblazing producers of Pinot Noir and certainly the driving force behind the birth of Pinot Noir in the greater Walker Bay district. His son Anthony Hamilton Russell, the current second generation owner, took over in 1991 and purchased the property from his father in 1994. He has made his mark both internationally and locally with the estate producing highly individual terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, expressive of this cool maritime climate. Low-vigour, stony clay-rich, shale-driven soil. Barrel ageing ten months in 228L French Oak barrels, 36% first fill, 36% second fill and 28% third fill.