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Crystallum, Peter Max Pinot Noir 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Western Cape
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Crystallum_PeterMaxPinotNoir_750ml_2020
R310

Critic Score

92
NM

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Peter and Max are the names of the growers who supplied the fruit for the first vintage of this wine. The fruit sources have since changed but the name remains to honor the beginnings of this multi-vineyard Pinot Noir blend.

Tasting notes:
'The 2020 Peter Max felt quite austere on the nose, more so than the 2019 that I had tasted 3–4 days previously. This demands coaxing, eventually revealing brambly red fruit, briar, damp moss and then later, hints of morello cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, taut and crisp, delivering very pure tart red fruit. There is an attractive "bite" toward the finish, which is structured like a Morey-Saint-Denis, the lingering salinity urging you back. Excellent, but give it a couple of years for the aromatics to fully open. Drink 2024 - 2037.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 92/100 (Apr 2021)

'Grapes from four vineyards in the greater Hemel-en-Aarde area and one in Elandskloof. 40% whole-bunch fermentation. Some reduction before red and black cherry, a hint of musk and some herbal character. The palate is cheerful enough but a bit unknit – sweet, somewhat dilute fruit on entry before a very savoury, almost bitter finish. Total production: 26 178 bottles.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 89/100

'A wine that follows in the full bodied footsteps of the 2019 with cranberry, pomegranate and bruised strawberry on the nose as well as rose, rosemary and fynbos. The palate shows a darker edge, featuring olive tapenade and soy as well a hint of grilled meat. The tannins are supple but, with a stemmy, pine-needle grip that adds structure along with a fresh acid, this wine is accessible now and will improve through 2030.' – Peter-Allan Finlayson, Winemaker
More Information
Alcohol 14.4%
Technical analysis RS: 2.3 g/L | TA: 5.7 g/L | PH: 3.56
Variety Pinot Noir
Blend information 100% Pinot Noir
Rating NM 92
Winemaker Peter-Allan Finlayson
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