Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2019
Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir is a wonderfully elegant, full and perfumed Pinot Noir.
Pale ruby colour. Loads of red fruit aromas with a hint of mushroom and earthy forest floor. The full and fruit-forward palate offers strawberry tea, ripe raspberry, sour cherry, cranberry and pomegranate flavours. Layers of mushroom, earthy forest floor, minerals and a light smokiness alongside the fruity flavours for a desirable complexity. Its like walking through a glorious forest.
Young and dry, with a fresh acidity and subtle tannins. Good to drink now but will improve through 2030.
Peter and Max are the first 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 honour the beginnings of Crystallum’s multi-vineyard Pinot Noir blend. The philosophy here is to use the different batches to form a blend that is more than the sum of its parts.
100% Pinot Noir. Sourced from 4 vineyards: 3 in the Hemel-en-Aarde area of Walker Bay and a new vineyard on a high altitude, inland site. After hand-picking in small crates, 70% of the grapes are destemmed and the rest left as whole clusters. Fermention in small stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. Ages in 228 litre lightly toasted French oak barrels for 10 months, 15% of which was new. The wine was bottled after a light filtration.
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