Crystallum, `Mabalel` Pinot Noir 2019
Classic sour cherry, and dark berry fruit character. Structured and intense Pinot Noir.
Crystallum are fast becoming THE premier South African producer for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, from their base in Walker Bay. The wines produced show both the consistency and balance of the top producers worldwide, whilst speaking clearly of place and variety. Whilst still a young operation, these are wines of great pedigree which will mature gracefully over the decade to come.
Variety: Pinot Noir
Profile: Known as the Heartbreak grape owing to its tumultuous nature in the vineyard. Pinot Noir is best suited to cooler regions, including most famously Burgundy in France where it produces the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. Thin skinned and early ripening, Pinot is a very transparent variety, capable of showing subtle differences in terroir and pronounced regional character. Flavours found in young Pinot include raspberries, strawberries, cherries and violets; with time these evolve into a bouquet often reminiscent of game, liquorice and autumnal undergrowth.
Classic Regions: Burgundy, Loire Valley, Alsace (France), Baden, Ahr (Germany), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula (Australia), Walker Bay (South Africa), Russian River Valley, Oregon (USA)
Crystallum is one of the most highly regarded wineries in South Africa and is at the forefront of the ‘New Wave’ movement. The winemaking has evolved over the years and all of the wines are now wild fermented and the use of new oak has been reduced to help the bright fruit shine through.