Crystallum, Peter Max Pinot Noir 750ml 2019South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
'A blend of four vineyards, three from the Hemel-en-Aarde and one high altitude Elandskloof vineyard. The nose speaks of old world Pinot Noir with classical mineral restraint, black bramble berries and earthy black currant with sweet, freshly cut straw aromatics. The palate is wonderfully crystalline and pure underpinned by a mouth watering acidity, fabulous varietal intensity, crunchy red berry energy and the most harmonious silky sleek texture. Hard to imagine how you could make a better Pinot Noir at this price point.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 93/100
'Grapes sourced variously from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Overberg and Elandskloof. 60% whole-bunch fermentation. A hint of reduction before red and black fruit and some spice on the nose. The palate is rich and full (alcohol is 14.2%) with dense, sweet fruit and moderate acidity, some pleasant grip to the finish.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100
'A bolder, richer vintage showing mulberry, cherry and sweet spice on the nose. The palate is full and fruit forward, with both fresh and bruised strawberry and raspberry alongside a light smokiness and some fynbos. With sturdy phenolic grip from a slightly higher whole bunch component and a crisp acidity to back up the fruit, this wine promises to age well beyond 2028.' – Winemaker
Alc: 14.2% | RS: 2.9 g/L | TA: 5.5 g/L | PH: 3.5
Crystallum, based in Walker Bay, South Africa, is a family-run and privately-owned winery which began in 2007. Brothers Andrew and Peter-Allan are the third generation of Finlayson winemakers and sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde region. They specialise in the Burgundian varieties, and follow a low intervention winemaking approach. Peter-Allan Finlayson is a leader in producing some of the finest modern-day SA Pinots. Neal Martin says of their wines, ‘These are some of South Africa's finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.’
|Technical analysis||RS: 2.9 g/L | TA: 5.5 g/L | PH: 3.5|
|Blend information||100% Pinot Noir|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Crystallum, based in Walker Bay, South Africa, is a family-run and privately-owned winery which began in 2007. Brothers Andrew and Peter-Allan are the third generation of Finlayson winemakers and sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde region. They specialise in the Burgundian varieties, and follow a low intervention winemaking approach. Peter-Allan Finlayson is a leader in producing some of the finest modern-day SA Pinots. Neal Martin says of their wines, 'These are some of South Africa's finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.'|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator