This small winery was established in 2007 by brothers Peter-Allan and Andrew Finlayson. Their father, Peter, was a pioneer in the production of cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at Bouchard Finlayson, so after university it seemed the natural thing for the boys to return home and source some fruit from the Hemelen-Aarde valley to start their own label. Crystallum is now one of the most highly regarded wineries in South Africa, yet the Finlaysons are determined to make even better wines. Peter-Allan has sourced fruit from some new vineyards, while winemaking has evolved. All of the wines are now fermented using indigenous yeasts and new oak has been reduced to help the bright fruit shine through.
One of the highest vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde region, composed of heavy clay and Bokkeveld shale soils. These conditions allow optimum fruit development while naturally restricting vigour and keeping crop levels low. It is high-density planted – 8500 vines per hectare – encouraging competition between the vines, which helps bring greater concentration to the fruit.
The 2018 vintage was another marked by drought conditions in the region. While the vineyard for this wine is in an area that receives higher rainfall than the rest of the region, the dry, hot growing cycle still resulted in an increased concentration of flavours in the grapes harvested. These conditions resulted in harvest occurring earlier than typical on the 10th-15th February
The wine was fermented with 100% whole bunch and with indigenous yeasts in small one tonne vats. The wine was then transferred into French oak, 50% of which was new, for 16 months of maturation before being bottled without fining or filtration.
On the nose, this wine has lifted aromas of summer berries and a fragrant spiced complexity. The palate has firm tannins, bright acidity and savoury undertones which carry through to a long, elegant finish. This is a very sophisticated Pinot Noir that will improve with bottle age.
|Grape Varieties||100% Pinot Noir
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian|