Crystallum `Peter Max` Pinot Noir 2020
Great purity and ripeness here, with a fleshy palate and fine grained tannins. Phenomenal quality juice.
Crystallum are heading the new wave of exciting South African producers whose wines are an absolute delight to drink and of extremely high quality. They’re based in Walker Bay on the Cape South Coast, benefiting from outstanding growing conditions.
Great purity and ripeness here, with a fleshy palate showing strawberry, red cherry and light smokiness. Lovely palate grip from a proportion of whole bunch fermentation, which has further helped lift the aromatics. One for fans of a fuller style of Pinot Noir.
Region/Country: Walker Bay, South Africa
Grape/s: Pinot Noir
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. 30% whole bunch fermentation. Maturation in French oak barrels, 15% new.
Style: Elegant and perfumed Pinot Noir. Equally fruit driven and savoury
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled meats, game, poultry
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)